Microsoft has a great program for student techies. It’s called Dreamspark. It offers 12 different professional-level Microsoft developer, designer, and gaming software to students for FREE.It’s aimed at high school and college, but any students qualify.
Microsoft wants to focus on the areas of technical design, technology, math, science, and engineering, but it really doesn’t matter what classes you’re taking right now, just as long as you’re a current student in a verified, accredited school and use the tools in pursuit of advancing your education in one of these areas. Though the site concentrates on the twelve shown, they offer even more on Microsoft‘s main site:
- SQL Server 2008 Express Edition
- Visual Studio 2008 Express Edition
- XNA Game Studio 2.0 (with 12-month Creators Club Student trial membership)
- Virtual PC 2007
- Visual Basic 2005 Express
- Visual C++ 2005 Express
- Visual C# 2005 Express
- Visual Web Developer 2008 Express
- Visual Basic 2008 Express
- Visual C++2008 Express
- Visual C# 2008 Express
I’ve always been impressed with Adobe’s educational discounts, but Free is better, although this list is for serious students of IT.