Microsoft announced on Thursday 26th March, as part of its Unlimited Potential commitment, an expansion of the DreamSpark program to include high school students. By offering free access to the latest Microsoft software, Microsoft is empowering students to pursue their academic and professional goals, to become the next generation of IT and business leaders.

As part of DreamSpark, Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 2008 Academic Edition is available for download by students directly from the home page. RDS 2008 is a development environment for writing robotics applications that includes a Simulator and a Visual Programming Language.

Because this is a new offering, High School administrators will need to sign up. However, hundreds of tertiary institutions are already enrolled as Identity Providers in 110 countries worldwide which means that students and teachers can download software using the login details from their own academic institution. Downloading professional software (for academic use only) could not be easier!

For more information, visit http://www.dreamspark.com