Microsoft DreamSpark – free downloads and licenses to Microsoft Visual Studio 2008, Microsoft SQL Server 2005,Microsoft Expression Studio, XNA Game Studio 2.0 and more for students

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Microsoft DreamSpark, provides free downloads, product keys and licenses to full versions of the following Microsoft products.However Microsoft DreamSpark provides such licenses, products keys and free downloads to Microsoft products, only for students.

  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition, which consists of JScript 8.0, Visual Basic 2008, Visual C# 2008 and Visual C++ 2008.
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition, which has additional Microsoft Visual J++/Microsoft Visual J# and Visual SourceSafe.
  • Microsoft Expression Studio
  • Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition
  • XNA Game Studio 2.0
  • Free access to XNA Creators Club Online

If you are a student and can get your student status verified online via Online Student Status Verification process then you can get licenses, product keys and freely download the above mentioned Microsoft products.However the free licenses, product keys and free downloads to Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition, Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition, Microsoft Expression Studio, Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition, Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition, XNA Game Studio 2.0 and free access to XNA Creators Club Online, are currently available to students from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, China, Germany, France, Finland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Belgium only.Microsoft plans to extend Microsoft DreamSpark to students of countries all over the world.

Microsoft DreamSpark‘s Online Student Status Verification process is currently linked to schools and organizations in the above listed countries.However students, not attending an accredited university or studying in schools/colleges that are not already connected with DreamSpark, will have to wait longer, until the verification source is listed.But they can get themselves verified through student identity providers (IDPs), such as the International Student Identity Card (ISIC).

Apart from getting verified as a student, one also needs a Windows Live ID to get free downloads, product keys and licenses to full versions of Microsoft products like Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition, Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition, Microsoft Expression Studio, Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition, Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition, XNA Game Studio 2.0 and free access to XNA Creators Club Online. This Windows Live ID requirement is similar to all Microsoft offers.

Where to free download Microsoft products from DreamSpark?

If you are a student who can satisfy the above requirements, free download from Microsoft DreamSpark all Professional Developer and Designer tools and of-course they are full version Microsoft products available at no charge.

2 comments on “Microsoft DreamSpark – free downloads and licenses to Microsoft Visual Studio 2008, Microsoft SQL Server 2005,Microsoft Expression Studio, XNA Game Studio 2.0 and more for students
  1. When is it coming to India?

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  2. It’s available there now. 🙂

    http://dreamsparkindia.com

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