Are you a student at a college?  Do you like to program and wish you could use all the cool Visual Studio software that you hear about?  Well if so, today is your lucky day.  Microsoft has started giving away all the tools you need to create really cool and creative software to college students.  And yes, you read that right, it is all FREE !!

This is all from http://channel8.msdn.com.  If you want to download the software without any further ado, go to https://downloads.channel8.msdn.com/ and you can start the process.  You have to verify that you are a student through a 3rd party and after that, you can get the software entirely for free.  So what software am I talking about?  Well how about:

  • Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition
  • Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition
  • XNA Game Studio 2.0
  • 12-month free membership in the XNA Creators Club
  • Expression Studio, which includes Expression Web, Expression Blend, Expression Design and Expression Media
  • SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition
  • Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition
  • SQL Server Developer Edition
  • Virtual PC 2007
  • Visual Basic 2005
  • Visual C++ 2005
  • Visual C# 2005
  • Visual J# 2005
  • Visual Web Developer 2005

So this is currently available to any college student in the United States, the United Kingdom, China, Germany, France, Finland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Belgium.  With full rollout expected to be completed within the next 12 months.  And there may be a few more surprises coming as well.

This is a great opportunity to use these great development tools at no cost to you.  Sign up to get the software today !

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