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Microsoft DreamSpark

Microsoft DreamSpark Program allows University students to download Microsoft developer, designer, and gaming software through its web site at no charge. It aims at providing tools for students to unlock their creative potential by advancing their learning in the areas of technical design, technology, math, science, and engineering.

Products included in DreamSpark are:

Developer & Designer Tools

  • Visual Studio 11 Professional Beta
  • Visual Studio 2010 Professional
  • Visual Studio 11 Express beta for Web
  • Microsoft Expression Studio 4 Ultimate
  • Windows Phone and App Hub
  • Kinect for Windows SDK
  • XNA Game Studio 4
  • Kodu Game Lab
  • 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
  • Visual Studio 2010 Express Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2008
  • Visual C# 2008 Express Edition
  • Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition
  • Visual C++ 2008 Express Edition

Servers & Applications

  • Windows Server “8” Beta
  • 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

  • Pluralsight On Demand

How to Obtain Software?

To enjoy the free software, you'll need @Link e-mail address or other e-mail address to register, but you will need @Link e-mail address ( or will be accepted) to Verity. All students will be given a renewable 12 months access to DreamSpark.

Please get the free download and register at Microsoft DreamSpark site.

Updated on 30 Sept, 2015

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