If you are a student and are giving any thought to creating the next break though in technology, you may wish to take a look at Microsoft’s free give away program of their developers software. Students will be eligible to get copies of software such as Visual Studio 2008 Professional, Expression Studio, Windows Server 2003 all for free. But there is more. Microsoft is also offering other software products for free that you will have to view to believe. Such products as Virtual PC, xna Game Studio 2.0 and much more.

On their web site it is explained what countries are currently authorized for the freebies and also how to apply.

Microsoft DreamSpark enables students to download Microsoft developer and design tools at no charge.

Now, for the first time, Microsoft is giving its valuable software developer and design tools directly to students worldwide at no charge! This site enables students like you to download professional-level Microsoft developer and design tools to unlock your creative potential and set you on the path to academic and career success, by supporting and advancing your learning and skills through technical design, technology, math, science and engineering activities.

In order to get this software from Microsoft at no charge, you will be asked to establish or verify your student status once every 12 months. This process is built into this DreamSpark site itself. Verification of valid student status will enable students from around the globe to download Microsoft developer and design tools at no charge. Note: You must be at least 18 years old or have otherwise reached the age of majority in the place (province, state or country) where you live, or if not, your parent or legal guardian must accept the Microsoft DreamSpark software license terms on your behalf, in order for you to download and use the software.

I believe Microsoft is instituting this program because in their eyes there is a lack of student enthusiasm over software development. Microsoft may feel this could be a way to stimulate interest in the field.

Comments welcome.

Check out the Microsoft DreamSpark website here for details.

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