It’s a nice gesture. That was my reaction when I learned that un- or under-employed developers could pitch a project idea and receive a Free MSDN subscription if they are willing to work on a project for a non-profit, plus meet other requirements described in the link above.
Everything considered, this is a fairly sweet deal. You’re helping out some organization in need while also staying busy during this economic slowdown. Talk about something that looks great on a resume vs. too much idle time at home!
For me, I love the fact that projects are being suggested for those who might not otherwise have one in mind. Obviously not the only way to go here, but cool nonetheless. And there you have it. If you’re needing to stay busy due to a lack of work, this very well may be something you should look into.
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