Its a good day to be a student. Well, maybe its always a good day to be a student, but today Microsoft is making it a free day too.
Free you say? Free i say. And its not just chump change either. On the contrary.. how do you feel about Visual Studio 2008? How about a copy of Windows Server 2003. Oh wait.. did i mention the entire Microsoft Expression Studio? aaanddd, drumroll please... the XNA Game Studio 2.0 software and a one year subscription to XNA Game Studio Creator's club?!
Today Microsoft launched DreamSpark in 10 different countries including Belgium, China, Finland, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the U.K. and the U.S - and more countries will be added to the list soon. Basically the program allows students to download software for free, just by virtue of their student-ness.
For full information, check out https://downloads.channel8.msdn.com/ and watch Max Zuckerman's interview with Bill Gates.
There's also specific details on the student verification process and how to get the free stuff you need.