Firstly, i am very delighted to be part of this forum and of the IET and hope i'llhave a great time here contributing and learning. I have opened this post to inform students and lecturers about the DreamSpark project from Microsoft. It is a fantastic opportunity for students to get their hands on professional programming tools provided by Microsoft for free.
DreamSpark enables you to download the following products for free:
. Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Developer Edition
. Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition
. Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition
. Microsoft Expression Studio 3
. Microsoft Windows Server 2003
. Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition
. Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition
. Microsoft Virtual PC
. Microsoft SQL Server Express
. Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 2008 R2
. Microsoft XNA Game Studio 3.1
And all you need is to be a student at a university, have an hotmail email account, and finally have an Athens account provided by your university.
The website is : ">http://www.dreamspark.com
Hope you enjoy it.
Best wishes to all