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 PostPost subject: Microsoft giving away development tools to students        Posted: Wed Feb 20, 2008 2:06 pm 
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Microsoft wants more students using its software tools and it thinks it has hit on the right business model.

It's going to give away its software.

Starting this week, college students in 10 countries will be able to get Microsoft's Visual Studio and several other programs for free as part of an effort dubbed DreamSpark. Over the next year, Microsoft plans to offer the program worldwide for college and high school students.

In addition to giving away its Visual Studio tools, Microsoft is also providing no-charge access to its Expression Web design tools and its XNA studio for developing Xbox 360 software. Microsoft already provides discounted academic versions of its software, as well as a free "express" version of Visual Studio. Students can also get free copies of Windows Server and the developer version of the SQL Server database.

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This is awesome. I've always wanted a copy of Server 2003, because it is the most stable Windows OS available. I've used the trial's for several different systems, and its great to finally have a legal genuine copy.


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Grrr, why couldn't they have done this last year while I was still a student?! :x And they'll probably give all you students a free Server 2008 once it's released! :cry:

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My country ins't included :(

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 2:16 am 
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Grrr, why couldn't they have done this last year while I was still a student?! :x And they'll probably give all you students a free Server 2008 once it's released! :cry:

They give free Server 2003 and looks like I could get a copy :)


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Free Windows Server 2003. To me personally, that seems like the greatest deal. With a little bit of elbow grease (enabling some thing and installing some packages) you can basically get a fully functioning version of Windows XP.

For the 32-bit version, don't most from XP work with Windows Server 2003 and I know drivers for XP Pro 64-bit drivers will work on Windows Server 2003 64-bit, since XP Pro 64-bit is basically the same OS as Windows Server 2003 64-bit, except aimed at different people.


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Free Windows Server 2003. To me personally, that seems like the greatest deal. With a little bit of elbow grease (enabling some thing and installing some packages) you can basically get a fully functioning version of Windows XP.

For the 32-bit version, don't most from XP work with Windows Server 2003 and I know drivers for XP Pro 64-bit drivers will work on Windows Server 2003 64-bit, since XP Pro 64-bit is basically the same OS as Windows Server 2003 64-bit, except aimed at different people.

I agree, Windows Server 2003 R2 give away is cool. Yes, XP drivers should work with Server 2003. Now, I could be a legal server.


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Yet another deal from Microsoft not available in Australia. That sucks!

Though the $75 Office is not bad.

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Sweet, hope they give away Server08 :D


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Eh...I'd be happy to have a legit server 2003...and I'd be happier if Aussie land was included >_>


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Ambig wrote:
For the 32-bit version, don't most from XP work with Windows Server 2003 and I know drivers for XP Pro 64-bit drivers will work on Windows Server 2003 64-bit, since XP Pro 64-bit is basically the same OS as Windows Server 2003 64-bit, except aimed at different people.

Yes, XP and 2003 are very similar underneath and everything will work on either except where software companies have built in artificial restrictions where they don't want to have to bother supporting Server 2003 as well and assume their apps wouldn't be used on a server eg Adobe CS3, but there are always workarounds for that kind of thing. Drivers are largely interchangeable (even Windows 2000 and XP/2003 drivers can often be used interchangeably).

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Err i wish they had high schools in there. I want the xna thing so i can play all that nes emulator on my 360 lol.

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Even though I don't think they will be doing it so i can get a copy i really like this idea from Microsoft as it's going to benefit students so they can learn a lot more in their own time.


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