DreamSpark, Software for students for free ... seriously

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Are you student in need of some Microsoft software?  Still in high school or your college doesn't have access to MSDNAA?  Don't worry since Microsoft just launched DreamSpark over on Channel 8.

So what is DreamSpark exactly?  It is a student program that will make a broad range of development and design software available to students for free!  The program is available now currently in Belgium, China, Finland, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, and the US.

So what goodies are included in this wonder?

  • 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
  • SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition
  • Windows Server, Standard Edition
  • Expression Studio, including
    • Expression Web
    • Expression Blend
    • Expression Design
    • Expression Media

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    How long will this be available? I am an online college student and therefore do not have a picture id.

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    I'm in high school, I tried to jump the hoops required to get this software and ended up at a page that says they do NOT yet support high school students, only students at colleges and universities.

    It's great to see Microsoft finally realizing that high school and college students steal software so why not give it to them. At the same time, they're also potentially boosting the number of computer geeks, which would be great! (in a high school of 3,000, I'm one of maybe 5 students that can write computer programs)

    I look forward to the day, hopefully sometime soon, when they allow high school students too.

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    @Ricky and @Adrian:  It is a big task to get everyone on board since we need to verify you're actually a student.  We're still working out all the kinks so bare with us.

    Have your principle / department head email me and I'll forward on the information needed or they can go to this link:


    Clint Rutkas - crutkas@microsoft.com

    Academic Relations Team

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    Aaargh, it's a fantastic offer unless you live in Australia!!

    Hopefully the list of countries will be expanded one day.

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    Its great to see Microsoft finally helping students. I'm Still in high school and wish Microsoft would help us by giving us the same resources. Like Ricky in a comment a little ways up i am one of very few that can write programs, can my principle or department head email you guys and verify my enrollment in my school so i to can share in this opportunity?  My principal would happily email you. I hope i get a fast response, hope to hear from you soon,


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    @2009_Ryan I'm emailing you.

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