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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Microsoft Developer Tools Free To Students

Microsoft Corp. is giving students free access to download Visual Studio Professional Edition, Expression Studio, XNA Game Studio 2.0, SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition, and Windows Server Standard Edition. The program is called Dream Spark.

"We give up some revenue, but we gain the fact that we'll get the feedback of these students, get more courses to incorporate our tools into the programs and get more startups where kids are familiar with [ Microsoft development software]" said Bill Gates.

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  1. You verify your Live account by entering info and verifying via their database with a few universities, which didn't include my school.

    Alternatively you can verify by making a free purchase at which requires an uploaded picture of your ID, schedule, or a letterhead.

  2. So by going to the alternate verification method, through I got verified. I uploaded a scanned image of my student ID, and it took several days, but I'm downloading now.