Microsoft Gives Away Free Software for Students! - HotUKDeals
We use cookie files to improve site functionality and personalisation. By continuing to use HUKD, you accept our cookie and privacy policy.
Get the HUKD app free at Google Play

Search Error

An error occurred when searching, please try again!

Login / Sign UpSubmit
350Expired

Microsoft Gives Away Free Software for Students!

benjones Avatar
8y, 11m agoFound 8 years, 11 months ago
How would you like a free copy of Microsoft Visual Studio 2008? How about the entire Microsoft Expression Studio? Not enough... how about Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and more?!

For once, something that sounds too good to be true really is this good and really is true. Starting today (or soon in some areas), students worldwide will be able to download our professional development and design tools for free! It's called DreamSpark and it is upon us.

Microsoft Corp. is giving students free access to its most sophisticated tools for writing software and making media-rich Web sites, a move that intensifies its competition with Adobe Systems Inc. and could challenge open source softwares popularity. The Redmond-based software maker said late Monday it will let students download Visual Studio Professional Edition, a software development environment; Expression Studio, which includes graphic design and Web site and hybrid Web-desktop programming tools; and XNA Game Studio 2.0, a video game development program. The company will also give away SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition and Windows Server Standard Edition.

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said the companys past efforts to arrange educational discounts for these programs limited the number of students who ultimately could use them. DreamSpark, as Microsoft is calling the free software offering, opens up access to many more students. We give up some revenue, but we gain the fact that well 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 Visual Studio, Expression Studio and SQL Server, Gates said in a phone interview. Its a brilliant strategic move on the part of Microsoft, said Chris Swenson, a software industry analyst with NPD Group. This is one of the core audiences you have to hit if you really want to make a difference in the rich Internet application market going forward. The programs are available now to more than 35 million college students. My university already provides a bunch of free software from Microsoft, but this will make things even better!

DreamSpark is simple, it's all about giving students Microsoft professional-level developer and design tools at no charge so you can chase your dreams and create the next big breakthrough in technology - or just get a head start on your career.

Who can get this right now?

We are kicking this off in 11 countries/regions, giving DreamSpark to millions of students in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, China, Germany, France, Finland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Belgium. If you are not residing in one of the countries listed keep checking back, we will be adding more countries throughout the year.

Does that mean that I might not get in?

Possibly, if you are not residing in one of the countries listed, not attending an accredited university or not a member of one of the student organizations that we're connected with. But keep checking back, as we're working on adding more ways to verify your student status all the time.

What do I have to do to get this software? Not much really, just follow the steps below.

1) Go to the official Microsoft DreamSpark page at https://downloads.channel8.msdn.com/ and select a free product.

2) Sign In with your Windows Live ID. If you don't have one, go get one here http://get.live.com/getlive/overview - pretty basic stuff.

3) Get verified as a student. The system is linked to schools and organizations around the world that can confirm student status. Simply choose your country and school, enter your info and hit submit.

4) Download your products. Now remember these are professional tools. This means they are pretty big files so make sure you have the bandwidth and space to bring them to your machine. We support the latest versions of both Internet Explorer and Firefox for your download.
Tags:
More From Microsoft (Microsoft Store):
×
Get the Hottest Deals Daily
Stay informed. Once a day, we'll send you the deals our members voted as the best.
Failed
benjones Avatar
8y, 11m agoFound 8 years, 11 months ago
Options

All Comments

(25) Jump to unreadPost a comment
Comments/page:
#1
I Wish I Was A Student, This Looks Like A Great Deal, Thank You. :)
#2
You don't have to be a student... just know one ;-)
suspended#3
super post!
not all the UK institutes are listed, it seems MS will be adding more soon.
#4
students get it all!
#5
i got loads of stuff of here when i was in uni last year and my account still works, last time i checked but each product can only be downloaded and used once.
#6
Why would anyone wish to have Microsoft while free and fixable Open Source softwares are widely available nowadays. Maybe just another Bill Gates' gimmick to hook you (young people) on, onto a lifelong Microsoft payers. :whistling:

http://www.opensource.org
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_source_software

PS, we stopped using Microsoft some years ago, our computers are working just as good except that no more worry for getting virus.
#7
OMG Freeman, however did you think of that user picture it's so dynamic (said with major sarcasm)! The colours on it all represent the colours used in Microsoft Paint! How strange! :w00t:I'm not calling you a liar or anything...:whistling:
1 Like #8
Freeman: there is absolutely no better dev environment than Visual Studio like it or not. I'm a games programmer and I use linux and windows at work, and debugging on linux is awful, awful, awful. You tried kdbg??? Sure open source is great for most stuff, but not that, and I have to say getting Visual Studio pro for free is just fecking awesome seeing as it's worth ~£500. Wish I was still a student :'(

So no it's not a gimmick, and don't dismiss it out of hand like that, leave fanboyishness to blueray/hddvd/ps3/360 kiddies.
1 Like #9
No hull university on the list
#10
If your university is not on the list, go and bug your IT department.

Microsoft needs the full cooperation of each uni IT department, so that it can send verification requests through.
#11
Yeah it looks good and should prove to be very useful, but the list of unis is evidently incomplete.
1 Like #12
If your Uni isn't on the list, do you have an NUS extra card? This acts as an International Student Identity Card which you can use to verify that you're a student- just pick ISIC from the list and enter your card number ;)
1 Like #13
louiseyd
If your Uni isn't on the list, do you have an NUS extra card? This acts as an International Student Identity Card which you can use to verify that you're a student- just pick ISIC from the list and enter your card number ;)


I will try that but my campus is not on there but i would recommend open source software like:

Mozilla Firefox (Web Browser) - http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/
VLC (Media Player) - http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
Open Office (Office Suite) - http://www.openoffice.org/
Pidgin (Instant Messenger Program) - http://www.pidgin.im/
Paint.Net (Image Editor) - http://www.getpaint.net/
Ubuntu (Compelete OS) - http://www.ubuntu.com/products/whatisubuntu
#14
Has anyone tryed using an NUS Extra card yet?

it says on the website "In the UK? Got an NUS Extra / ISIC card – just use the last 12 digits!"

But its not working for me :(
#15
Nice one - I knew staying at univeristy 7 years had to have some perks!
#16
So they're offering just one product of your choice for free, but to all students? Not bad considering most students will never need anything MSDN AA offers, the ones who do probably already have access to the unlimited supply of everything they offer (that would be me ;-) ).
#17
It's not like I paid for any software at uni anyway. IMO You shouldn't have to pay to learn to use a company's development software it should always be free.
If you are producing a program which you are going to sell then of course you should pay Microsoft the licence fee. If however you are learning to use it so that you can become a programmer in the future then this should be free. Surely it's in microsofts interest to have as many people proficent in their development environent as possible.
#18
In other news from the technology sector:

There’s no truth in the rumours that in conjunction with its free software handout for students that Microsoft will be giving away optical mice featuring a built in nicotine pump that delivers its pay load via the scroll wheel.

Finally, here’s Jim with the weather.
#19
Thanks, its aa great offer whatever the reason Microsoft are doing it for.
#20
So they're offering just one product of your choice for free, but to all students? Not bad considering most students will never need anything MSDN AA offers, the ones who do probably already have access to the unlimited supply of everything they offer (that would be me ).

Nope, i just downloaded everything, and can download it all again if i want.
#21
it doesn't include high schools.
#22
If you download it once, can you do it again on another computer? Because I should be getting a new laptop soon (hopefully) so don't want to download it onto this one if its like a "one download per student" thing.
#23
where is my Uni?
#24
it even works with the nus democracy card just put S in front of the last 12 numbers of the card for example S123456789888
#25
now all i gotta do is learn C# so i can make games for my xbox :P

Post a Comment

You don't need an account to leave a comment. Just enter your email address. We'll keep it private.

...OR log in with your social account

...OR comment using your social account

Top of Page
Thanks for your comment! Keep it up!
We just need to have a quick look and it will be live soon.
The community is happy to hear your opinion! Keep contributing!