What is DreamSpark?
DreamSpark is a Microsoft Program that supports technical education by providing access to Microsoft software for learning, teaching and research purposes. If you are a student, educator or part of an institution you could be missing out on Microsoft software.
Why would I want DreamSpark?
You can download Microsoft software and development tools for no cost. I.e. if you are a student you can get Microsoft software FOR FREE!
A few examples of DreamSpark software:
Click here to see see the full DreamSpark Software Catalogue.
To look further into how to get DreamSpark or how it could help you..
Dene Palmer, a Microsoft Student Partner at the University of Lincoln gives his insight on the value of DreamSpark below. (The image below is Dene giving presentation on DreamSpark to 14 students at Campus Party Europe!)
‘I’ve used DreamSpark over the last 3 years of my University life, mainly for the latest versions of the Windows Operating System and the Visual Studio IDE. More recently I’ve also utilised Project and Visio for University Assignments and the free Windows Store Developer account registration offered to students.
DreamSpark has allowed to me to keep up to date with the latest operating systems and development tools which the price, as a student, would make hard to obtain without DreamSpark. Microsoft providing these resources has allowed me to keep up to date and current in the development world. This grants me a much better looking CV and higher employability upon leaving University.
This year at Lincoln I’ve been asked to help teach our Social Applications Development module, focused on Windows Phone Development. Having just updated all our lecture materials to Windows Phone 8, we have updated all our lab machines to run Windows 8 and Visual Studio 2012 - the required development platform for Windows Phone 8. The immediate response from students was fear they now could not work from home, due to not having Windows 8 or VS2012 – meaning they weren’t aware of DreamSpark. Because of this, it was decided I would do a talk on DreamSpark to Lincoln University Students.
My presentation runs through the sign up process, and how to activate the extra benefits of an Institution DreamSpark Premium subscription. Something I am really trying to push is encouraging individuals to register for a Windows Store Developer account, which allows you to publish apps. Publishing an app to the store demonstrates to potential employers that an individual has worked on a project from its creation to delivery, meaning understanding of every stage of a product lifecycle. It also great numeric proof of success for your CV, as you can say you have created (X) apps with (Y) downloads.
None of this app publishing, development experience and CV improvement would have been possible without Microsoft DreamSpark. It provides an extremely important tool to any student who’s passionate about a career in the IT industry.’
1. Have you checked if you can get more software through your school/ academic institution at no cost?
Enter your full academic institution to see if your school has enrolled in a DreamSpark Premium account: https://www.dreamspark.com/Student/Default.aspx
2. Why not look into developing applications for Microsoft software that showcase your talent, skill, development creativity?
DreamSpark has the tools for app development for Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8, Indie Games and Windows Azure. Many students have developed, got apps into the Windows Store and have become success stories - you could too.
3. Do you know an educator who could benefit from Microsoft software for learning, teaching and support?
Direct them to the following page: https://www.dreamspark.com/institution/subscription.aspx. Through an institution subscription, an educator can get access to DreamSpark software at no cost.
4. Do you know an institution that could benefit from Microsoft software? Your school, University, a family member who works in a school or institution?
Inform them about DreamSpark! Pass on the following link: https://www.dreamspark.com/institution/subscription.aspx. An institution can get either DreamSpark Standard (for all types of institutions) or DreamSpark Premium (a wider software catalogue of over 500 products for qualifying technical departments).
5. Unsure about the capabilities of DreamSpark? Have a specific question?
There is a great support tool: https://www.dreamspark.com/Student/Support.aspx so experiment, play around, begin some app development - then ask if you get stuck.