Microsoft DreamSpark

Microsoft has always provided great deals for college students. I remember when I was still in school being able to purchase “Academic Editions” of Windows and Office at fractions of the retail price from the college bookstore.

This time around, Microsoft is making it even better to be a student with the introduction of Microsoft DreamSpark. DreamSpark gives students access to the same Microsoft developer and design tools used by the industry professionals at no charge.

DreamSpark currently offers the following:

Developer tools

  • Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition
  • Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition
  • XNA Game Studio 2.0
  • 12-month free membership in the XNA Creators Club

Designer tools

  • Expression Studio, which includes
    • Expression Web
    • Expression Blend
    • Expression Design
    • Expression Media

Platform resources

  • SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition
  • Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition

For more information about DreamSpark check out this Channel 8 video of Bill Gates or go to Channel 8. To sign up, go to