free developer and designer tools from Microsoft

Microsoft is offering DreamSpark, Professional Developer and Designer tools, to college/university students at no charge…

You can get:
* Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition
* Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition
* Expression Studio (includes Web, Blend, Media and Design)
* SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition
* Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition, with SP2

As well as:
* SQL Server 2005 Express Edition
* Visual Studio 2005 Express Edition
* XNA Game Studio 2.0 (with 12-month Creators Club trial membership)
* Virtual PC

They’re the complete and full professional grade versions.

To be eligible, you must be “a currently enrolled student attending an accredited university, college, junior college, community college, or a tertiary/higher education institution with digital student ID credentials (e.g. username and password) provided by your school, organization or another identity provider listed as a verification source on the DreamSpark Student Status Verification page…”

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