Today sees the launch of our DreamSpark programme allowing students around the world to download a selection of full Microsoft products for free.
DreamSpark is available to students in the UK as well as many other countries (with more to follow shortly) and includes the following products:
- Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition
- Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition
- XNA Game Studio 2.0
- 12-month Academic membership of the XNA Creators Club
- Expression Web
- Expression Blend
- Expression Design
- Expression Media
- SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition
- Windows Server, Standard Edition
Each piece of software is the full product licensed for academic use and is available for instant download from the DreamSpark Web Site. All you have to do is visit the site, login with a Live ID, verify your student status (you must be in higher education) and download the software!
You can verify your student status using your Athens ID, ISIC number or University Authentication (where available) - if you have any problems verifying then please use this form to log a support request.
One of my favourite things about DreamSpark is the inclusion of XNA Creators Club memberships, this is the first time we have made these available to students for free so you can now build and deploy games onto your Xbox 360 without having to break into your student loan.
You can find out more about XNA along with how you set up your 360 for deploying your XNA games at the XNA Creators Club Web site.