Calling all students!  Check out this video featuring Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates as he discusses a new initiative called Microsoft DreamSpark targeted at offering Microsoft developer tools FREE to students:


Bill Gates talks about Free Software, Students, and Technology

This is a FANTASTIC deal for students interested in getting into the Software Development field. Using these tools you can build virtually anything you want to from web sites, Windows or Mobile applications, to games for your Xbox 360 - all at no cost to you.  I've never seen Microsoft offer something this extensive to this wide a population before, so if you're a student you *definitely* need to take advantage of this offer!

The list of software included in the program includes:

  • Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition
  • Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition
  • Visual Studio 2005 Professional
  • SQL Server 2005 Express Edition
  • Expression Studio
  • XNA Game Studio 2.0
  • 12-month subscription to XNA Creators Club

Additional details on DreamSpark can be found at Channel 8, our community site for students.

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