microsoft-logo DreamSpark is a new program that launched today (Feb 18th) with Bill Gates giving the keynote. If you’re a student you can get

  • Windows Server 2003
  • Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition
  • SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Expression Studio including Expression Web, Blend, Design and Media
  • A one year subscription to XNA Game Studio Creator’s club

DreamSpark is simple, it’s all about giving students Microsoft professional-level developer and design tools at no charge so you can chase your dreams and create the next big breakthrough in technology – or just get a head start on your career.

Here is what the Microsoft press release reads-

Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates today will unveil a software giveaway that will ultimately provide millions of college and high school students around the world with access to the latest Microsoft developer and designer tools at no charge to unlock their creative potential and set them on the path to academic and career success.

The Microsoft DreamSpark student program (http://channel8.msdn.com) makes available, at no charge, a broad range of development and design software for 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. Gates will share details with students and faculty at Stanford University as part of a U.S. and Canada college tour that kicks off today.

For full information, check out https://downloads.channel8.msdn.com/ and watch Max Zuckerman’s interview with Bill Gates

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