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Microsoft giving away dev software to students

Microsoft has debuted a new program called DreamSpark (opens in new tab) which aims at enrolling college students from 11 different countries - Belgium, China, Finland, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States - and give them tons of free software.

According to Bill Gates, Microsoft's Chairman, the programme will allow students to "unlock their creative potential and set them on the path to academic and career success" and reaches more than 35 million students across the 11 countries.

The list of software being given away include

- Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition
- Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition
- XNA Game Studio 2.0
- 12-month free membership in the XNA Creators Club
- Expression Web
- Expression Blend
- Expression Design
- Expression Media
- SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition
- Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition
- SQL Server Developer Edition
- Virtual PC 2007
- Visual Basic 2005
- Visual C++ 2005
- Visual C# 2005
- Visual J# 2005
- Visual Web Developer 2005

It's a pity though that Microsoft did not include a cut-down free version of Microsoft Office Students although Windows Server Operating System is included in the package.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.