Microsoft DreamSpark

It was announced today that Microsoft is giving students a package of developer tools that is rival to none. The first thing you do is go over to Channel 8 and sign in using your live ID. After giving your ID you are asked to validate your school, which is very similar to the regular MSDN that you may be accustomed to. If your school is on there… Enjoy the free software. If you are still reading this then your schools name was not on the list. Its ok there is hope for you yet. If you scroll down you will see a message that states,
“If you have selected your Country, but your University is not listed in the above ListBox, here are some options to get a new Student ID.”
Just follow the steps to validate that you are a student. After you do, feel free to enjoy the free software that Microsoft has bestowed upon you.

Things available for download:
SQL Server 2005
XNA Game Studio 2.0
Visual Studio 2005 professional Edition
Visual C# 2005
Visual Basic 2005
Visual Studio 2008
Windows Server 2003
Microsoft Expression Studio
Xna Creators Club Online
Visual C++ 2005
SQL Server 2005 Express
Visual J# 2005
And Virtual PC 2007