Free Software For Students Through – Microsoft Dreamspark Program

While we’ve talked about the free and discounted software you can get from the University of Wyoming through WyoWare, there are also a few additional places you can get free software. Today, we here at the UW IT Help Desk are here to tell you all about one of them!

Microsoft provides software to students via the Dreamspark program.  The software available isn’t going to be Microsoft Office or Windows 7; rather it is for those wanting to dive deeper into Microsoft’s development programs using professional grade tools. Microsoft provides the software for free as long as you can verify you are a student which is easily done using your email account.

Some of the software available includes:

§  Visual Studio 2008, and 2010 Professional Editions

§  Expression Studio 4 Ultimate
§  Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition 32-bit
§  Windows Embedded Standard 7
§  Visual Studio Express 2010 and 2008 and SQL Server Express
§  Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 2008
§  XNA Game Studio 4.0
§  Virtual PC 2007
§  Windows Phone Developer Tools

Additionally Microsoft also provides access to membership in some of the developer publishing groups, access which usually has a cost attached. They even provide education materials to use with the software you might’ve downloaded.

§  12-Month Academic Trial Membership to XNA Creators Club
§  One free Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist exam voucher
§  $99 waiver on Windows Marketplace for Mobile and first 5 submissions free
§  Microsoft IT Academy Student Pass (free e-learning courses to verified students)

Whether you are a Computer Science major looking for additional tools or a Political Science major looking to dabble in programming, Microsoft has tools that you can use to help further your knowledge and it’s all for free!


Pedro Rampolla Freshman at UW - Political Science from Cheyenne, WY


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