Microsoft development tools to be given completely free to students

by admin February 19, 2008 at 4:55 pm

To get even more students to use its software tools, Microsoft will be giving away its software in an initiative called DreamSpark. From this week onwards, college students in 10 countries — such as the United States, the United Kingdom, China, France, and Germany — will be able to get Microsoft’s Visual Studio for free.

In addition, the students will be able to get free access to Microsoft Expression Web design tools, XNA Game Studio for developing Xbox 360 software, and even Windows Server and the developer version of the SQL Server database. The program is expected to be expanded over the next year to college and high school students worldwide.

The idea of DreamSpark is to get students to start using Microsoft’s tools early.

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