Windows 7 RC goes Public

Windows Connected announces the release of the Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) is now open to the public.  Download Windows 7 RC Here From Windows Connected, Things you should know: This build will expire on June 1, 2010 and you will start seeing bi-hourly shutdowns on March 1, 2010. You will not be able to…


Microsoft Student with Encarta for Free

Get Microsoft Student with Encarta Premium 2009 at no additional cost when you license the 2007 Microsoft Office suite, or any component thereof, before June 30, 2009*! Microsoft Student with Encarta Premium 2009 is the ultimate homework assistant for students. It includes Microsoft Encarta Premium 2009 multimedia encyclopedia, Microsoft Math, Microsoft Learning Essentials, and foreign…


DreamSpark High School Now Available

DreamSpark High School launches!  Great news for high school students, teachers, and administrators alike!  Just one year ago we launched the DreamSpark offering which gives students the ability to directly download software using their university credentials.  TODAY we are taking DreamSpark to a new level with DreamSpark High School and enabling high school students to…


Due Today! Imagine Cup US Software Design Submissions

Diane and I have been working around the clock to get people excited about Imagine Cup and the deadline is finally here.  If you’re working on a Qualifying Round submission or have a great idea, you have until tonight January 22nd at 11:59 pm PST.  You can submit your qualifying round entry here. Just to…


Back to School Downloads

Starting back to school?  Here are a few downloads you might consider to kick off the new year or setting up a new machine: The Ultimate Steal is back!  Office Ultimate for students at only $59.95.   That’s Word, Excel, Groove, Outlook, Access, OneNote… well, you can see the LONG list on the site.  This is…


EDUfun: Microsoft Visual Studio Middle School Power Toys 1.0

Erik Leaseburg has started a new blog called EDUfun to capture the fun and exciting intersection of technology, fun, and education.  While this entry targets Middle School, it is a great tool for any entry level programmer.    The  is a software package created by Microsoft to help middle school students learn about computer programming….


DreamSpark and MSDN AA Access: Baylor University

While I was visiting Baylor University, I discovered that students were having trouble accessing DreamSpark Software.  At Baylor University, students can currently access DreamSpark Software through JourneyEd. Step-by-step instructions for Baylor and a number of other university can be found here, in a Step-by-step Guide. Thanks to Howard Huang at Baylor for bringing this to…


Transitioning from Java to C#

A lot of students learn Java as part of their curriculum.  If you’re a Java programmer or familiar with Java concepts you can Ramp Up to Visual Studio and C# through the Ramp Up Series.  The Ramp Up Series offers 5 FREE courses for transitioning into a new skill set with Visual Studio 2005.  Ramp…


DreamSpark: Free Software for Students: What’s In

 Microsoft developer tools ·    Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition ·    Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition ·    XNA Game Studio 2.0 ·    12-month free membership in the XNA Creators Club Microsoft designer tools Expression Studio, including: ·    Expression Web ·    Expression Blend ·    Expression Design ·    Expression Media   Microsoft platform resources ·    SQL Server 2005…


DreamSpark: Free Microsoft Software for Students

Microsoft DreamSpark launches today with a Key Note from BillG at Stanford University.  Microsoft DreamSpark gives students around the world software for free to help them become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders. Whether interested in technology or design – Microsoft is offering something for every technically-inclined student. For verified students, Microsoft DreamSpark offers Visual Studio…