Microsoft DreamSpark | an overview

Microsoft is giving developer tools to students around the world, in the hopes that they’ll develop a new wave of exciting Windows software. The DreamSpark program isn’t just for technology students; any college students around the world will be able to download copies of Visual Studio, XNA Game Studio 2.0, the Expression design tools, SQL Server  and Windows Server. You can reserve your space @DreamSpark following the link https://www.dreamspark.com/Account/CreateAccount.aspx

In short, Microsoft’s DreamSpark is a new initiative intended to put the company’s development and design software into the hands of students at no cost.

Generally the following software are available through DreamSpark:

Developer & Designer Tools such as

  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Express for windows phone
  • Visual Studio 2012 Professional RC
  • Visual Studio 2010 Professional
  • Visual Studio 2012 Express for Web RC
  • Microsoft Expression Studio 4 Ultimate
  • Visual C++ 2008 Express Edition
  • Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition
  • Visual C# 2008 Express Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2008
  • Kinect for Windows SDK
  • XNA Game Studio 4
  • Kodu Game Lab
  • Windows Phone and App Hub
  • Small Basic
  • Microsoft Mathematics 4
  • Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio
  • Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition
  • Windows Multipoint Mouse SDK
  • Windows Embedded Standard 7
  • Windows Embedded CE 6.0
  • Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011
Servers & Applications such as
  • Windows Server 2012 RC
  • SQL Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition
  • SQL Server 2008 R2 Developer
  • Windows Virtual PC 2007
  • SQL Server 2008 Express Edition
Training & Certification such as
  • Pluralsight On Demand

Cost & Eligibility

Software provided through DreamSpark is available at no cost to  students. However, downloading software from the DreamSpark site requires a UT EID and a Microsoft Live ID. If you do not have a Live ID, you can sign up for one on the Windows Live ID site.

System Requirements

The system requirements for DreamSpark include a computer with a Windows operating system, a Web browser, and a high-speed Internet connection. Each software package available through DreamSpark has its own set of additional system requirements. You can review the system requirements for each product by clicking the System Requirements link below the product’s description on the product’s page.

Source : utexas, tomsguide, Internet Surfing facebook page

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