Freeze! Free tech software offered to all students globally

News just in, Microsoft has released DREAM SPARK, a student program designed to offer 'Professional-grade software developer and designer tools' to all students at no charge ( This is a huge initiative by Microsoft in providing the student community with the best software and developer tools to assist in technical growth and to further help address the I.T skills shortage in Australia. Dream Spark is not available in Australia just yet however; it will be released within the next six months so keep your eyes posted here for the official release date! Very exciting... For a list of all the cool software check out

Bill Gates talks about Free Software, Students, and Technology

By the way, my name is Karo and I have recently partnered with Nick on msozacademic. I will working closely with Nick on various academic initiatives and look forward to meeting you all. If you have any questions please dont hesitate to contact me


Comments (4)

  1. News just in, Microsoft has released DREAM SPARK, a student program designed to offer 'Professional

  2. Khai Hoang says:

    Ack, Australia is missing out again. Please keep us inform of when we lowly students from the land down under will be getting it.

  3. MSDN Archive says:

    HI Khai

    Yes, it’s definitely in the works for Aussie students and we have been working hard to make it happen, but with something this big it can take a little bit of time to roll out worldwide. Watch this space for an official Aussie release.

    Believe me, I’m as anxious as you are to get it rolled out 😀

    Nick (one half of MSOZACADEMIC)

  4. MSDN Archive says:

    By the way, I’ve seen on a forum that those of you with an ISIC card (see can already get access to the donwloads… just got to and select any country, then select ISIC as your verification mechanism.

    I haven’t had the chance to test this myself, as I’m no longer a student so can’t get the ISIC card, but hey, if it’s on a forum, chances are it’s perhaps maybe a little bit close to being slightly truthful.

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