Microsoft surprised me in a good way with their announcement regarding free developer software for students. Wired has a good article that explains it well. The gist is that you can get Visual Studio Pro, Expression Studio (graphic design and Web site and hybrid Web-desktop programming tools), XNA Game Studio 2.0 (game dev software), SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition and Windows Server Standard Edition. This is more than enough to set any budding programmer up! Here’s who can take advantage:
The programs are available now to more than 35 million college students in the U.S., Belgium, China, Finland, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.K.
DreamSpark will open to high school students around the world starting in the fall and to college students in other countries in the next year.
Microsoft said it is working with individual schools, governments and student organizations in each country on systems that confirm students are currently enrolled.
Students can see if they’re eligible to download the software at this link
Bravo Microsoft. And kudos to Bill Gates, too, for indicating these are tools to be added to Open Source tools. I didn’t think Bill would ever say something like that but I was wrong. Nice legacy Bill!