Free MS software for students and startups

Over the last couple of months, Microsoft launched 2 programs that provide free software usage of developer and server solutions to students (DreamSpark) and technology startups (BizSpark).

BizSpark creates a supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem that enables every participant to get exactly the technology they need for success.

· Software. Receive fast and easy access to current full-featured Microsoft development tools, platform technologies, and production licenses of server products for immediate use in developing and bringing to market innovative and interoperable solutions. There is no upfront cost to enroll.

· Support. Get connected to Network Partners around the world — incubators, investors, advisors, government agencies and hosters — that are equally involved and vested in software-fueled innovation and entrepreneurship who will provide a wide range of support resources.

· Visibility. Achieve global visibility to an audience of potential investors, clients and partners

DreamSpark is simple, it's all about giving students Microsoft professional-level developer and design tools at no charge so they can chase their dreams and create the next big breakthrough in technology - or just get a head start on their career. DreamSpark enables students to download and use Microsoft developer (Visual Studio), designer (Expression Studio), gaming tools (XNA), SQL Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 and more  to unlock their creative potential and set them on the path to academic and career success. In order to access the goods available on DreamSpark, students only need to verify their student status once every 12 months.

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