Microsoft giving away dev software to students

Microsoft has debuted a new program called DreamSpark 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.