Microsoft has a program called DreamSpark. The DreamSpark program is a way for you as a student to gain access to Microsoft technologies that you can then use to create amazing applications for the PC, the cloud, and the phone.
Dreamspark includes some really amazing things such as:
- Visual Studio 2010 Professional
- Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard
- Expression Studio 4 Ultimate
- SQL Server 2008 Developer Edition
- Robotics Developer Studio 2008 R3
- Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools
- Virtual Lab training for SQL Server, Visual Studio, and Visual Basic
- IT Academy Student Pass
- 1 Year free membership to the App Hub and Windows Phone Marketplace (Yes, FREE! There is no $99 fee for students to build and sell Windows Phone 7 apps.)
All it takes to join DreamSpark is sign up, get verified as a student, and download the software.
I highly encourage any student that wants to get hands on experience with Microsoft technologies to sign up for Dreamspark and start playing and creating.
To find out more about DreamSpark, visit http://www.dreamspark.com