If you’re a student, you can download free Microsoft software from Microsoft’s DreamSpark website.
Now, for the first time, Microsoft is giving its valuable software developer and design tools directly to students worldwide at no charge! This site enables students like you to download professional-level Microsoft developer and design tools to unlock your creative potential and set you on the path to academic and career success, by supporting and advancing your learning and skills through technical design, technology, math, science and engineering activities.
Your university will verify that you are a student. If you currently attend college you can get an ISIC Card for £9 to verify that you’re a student.
Products available include:
- Microsoft Visual Studio 2008
- Microsoft Windows Server 2003
- Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition
- Microsoft Expression Studio
- XNA Game Studio 2.0
- XNA Creators Club Online
- Microsoft Visual Studio 2005
Not bad for free eh?