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Microsoft gives away free technical software to students

18 February 2008

Microsoft will provide millions of students around the world with access to the latest Microsoft developer and designer tools at no charge.

The Microsoft DreamSpark student program, unveiled by Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates today, makes a broad range of development and design software available for students to download.

The program is now available to more than 35 million college students in Belgium, China, Finland, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the U.K. and the U.S. Broad global coverage, as well as an expansion of the program to high school students around the world, potentially reaching up to 1 billion students worldwide, will continue throughout the next year.

Microsoft DreamSpark is available to all students whose studies touch on technology, design, math, science and engineering.

The software to be made available includes:

  • Microsoft developer tools.
  • Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition.
  • Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition.
  • XNA Game Studio 2.0.
  • 12-month free Academic membership in the XNA Creators Club.
  • Microsoft designer tools.
  • Expression Studio, including Expression Web, Expression Blend, Expression Design, and Expression Media.
  • Microsoft platform resources.
  • SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition.
  • Windows Server, Standard Edition.

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