Attention all students! Ever wanted to get your hands on the software you need to work on your technical, development and design skills? I remember being a student and having that challenge and wondering where to get the tools I needed to learn. Well let me introduce you to a brand new program called DreamSpark!
Microsoft DreamSpark ™ is a program that provides no-cost access to Microsoft designer and development tools for verified students around the world, to support and advance their learning and skills through technical design, technology, math, science and engineering activities. This program equips tomorrow’s developers with the professional tools to inspire and create today.
Today, Microsoft DreamSpark is available to university students in Belgium, China, Finland, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the U.K., the U.S., and right here in Canada. The program will expand in the next six months to college students in many more countries in the Americas, Asia and Europe. Microsoft DreamSpark will be expanded to include high school students by late 2008. Upon launch, students with a valid ISIC (International Student ID Card) will be accepted. These cards can be obtained at 132 ISIC offices across Canada. Students can find a nearby location at www.isic.org. We will be rolling out a number of other verification means over the next 12 months.
So what exactly can you get with your DreamSpark account?
Microsoft platform resources. The foundation for development and design platforms, these products deliver a security-enhanced and reliable environment, reliable and manageable environment for students to more quickly turn ideas into reality.
Microsoft developer tools. These professional-grade products provide a security-enhanced and reliable environment, enabling students to program everything from a cell phone to a robot or to create their own Web page. Students will also be able to invent compelling new gaming content and make their dream game a reality by porting their creations to their Xbox 360 console.
- Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition
- Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition
- XNA Game Studio 2.0
- 12-month free membership in the XNA Creators Club
Microsoft designer tools. This ultra-versatile suite of tools will enable students to vividly bring their creative visions to life in vibrant new Web site designs and more effective digital content, including animation, imagery and photography.
- Expression Studio (Web, Blend, Design, and Media)
If you would like to find out more on DreamSpark, including how to sign up check out https://downloads.channel8.msdn.com/ or check out the official press release at Microsoft DreamSpark Helps Ignite the Imaginations, Careers of Today’s Students