Microsoft DreamSpark - Free software for students

Microsoft announced an unprecedented software program that they believe will help change the lives of millions of students around the world. The program, Microsoft DreamSpark, is focused on providing millions of college and high school students with no-cost access to the latest Microsoft developer (i.e., versions of Visual Studio, XNA Game Studio), designer tools (Expression Studio) and Microsoft platform resources (i.e., versions of Windows Server and SQL Server).

Microsoft believes in the power of technology to transform education, and Microsoft DreamSpark is another avenue to help the next generation of young leaders seize the opportunity to harness the transformative ability of software. It’s their hope that Microsoft DreamSpark will help students tap into their creative potential and set them on the path to academic and career success.

Currently, the program is accessible by college students in 11 countries including: Belgium, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. In the coming months, the Microsoft DreamSpark team will expand the program’s reach to include high school students and to increase the number of participating countries.

What free software products are offered?

All following software will be available via download. Software bits may be shared between students to reduce the need for each student to download their own bits. However, license keys will be single-use only and must be retrieved online by each student.
  • Visual Studio Pro (2005 and 2008)
  • Expression Studio 1.0
  • Expression Web
  • Expression Blend
  • Expression Media
    Expression Design
  • XNA Game studio 2.0
  • 12 month Trial Subscription to XNA creators club
  • Windows Server 2003 Standard Ed
  • SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition
  • Virtual PC 2007
  • Express tools (Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005)


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