A software giveaway for an estimated 10 million plus qualified students in India. DreamSpark will provide students access to the latest Microsoft developer and designer tools at no charge. This was launched my Bill Gates at IIT Delhi today. Microsoft DreamSpark will be available to all students whose study on technology, design, math, science and engineering.

The free software available to students include;

  • Microsoft developer tools
  • Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition
  • Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition
  • XNA Game Studio 2.0
  • 12-month free Academic membership in the XNA Creators Club
  • Microsoft designer tools
  • Expression Studio, including Expression Web,Expression Blend, Expression Design and Media
  • Microsoft platform resources
  • SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition
  • Windows Server, Standard Edition
  • SQL Server 2008 Developer
  • SQL  Server 2008 Express
  • Virtual PC 2007

Students can either get software online from Dreamspark India website or in DVD format distributed by program partners NIIT, Aptech and Hughes Net Fusion Centers. These DVDs are distributed through 125 NIIT, 175 Aptech, and 200 Hughes Net Fusion Centers participating across the country.

These program partners will also provide technology training on the DreamSpark software tools at a nominal cost; as well as have the option of soft skills training in languages like English and Hindi. orking with academic institutions, government bodies and student organizations across the country to ensure that all students get a chance to benefit from DreamSpark.

Procedure the get the softwares are detailed here. More information is available at the DreamSpark India website.


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