How to Get Free Microsoft Software


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Whether you love them or hate them, Microsoft is here to stay. If you ask me, I’d have to say I’m more on the love side. They do some pretty amazing things… especially giving away software to students and teachers!

Head over to DreamSpark. 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 to download Microsoft developer tools to advance your learning and skills through design, technology, math, science and engineering activities.

In order to get this software at no charge, you will be asked to establish or verify your student status once every 12 months. If you’re not 18 yet, your parents or guardians will have to log onto the site and accept the usage agreement.

It’s no joke, you can get a load of Microsoft software for absolutely zero dollars. If your school isn’t listed on the site yet, give the web address to your school administrators. They can get your school signed up.

Now, if I ask again – do you love or hate Microsoft – what do you answer now? This is an excellent program. Hat tip to Microsoft!

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11 thoughts on “How to Get Free Microsoft Software”

  1. This is just a way to keep the monopoly alive. They have to combat Open Source options and what a better way than to give the stuff away. Then they are well positioned as these are the only tools the new developers will know.

    Not sure I would give cudos to MS.

  2. having trouble getting set-up at DreamSpark. Lists my school, but doesn’t recognize my school e-mail.

  3. This is great, and it actually works! I’m a freshman in high school, and I got the codes I needed to be able to download applications from Microsoft’s DreamSpark. Setting it all up was fairly easy, however, I told some of my “fellow geek friends” at school about this, and they’ve had some problems with setting it up. I’m now running Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition in a virtual machine on my MacBook where I am now beginning to create my own applications within Visual Basic 2008 Professional Edition all for free! If I weren’t a student (or had I not known about this), this would have cost me $2030!! Thanks, Chris, for informing me (and everybody else) about this!!! I really love Apple’s product design, operating system, and media software, but I’m now beginning to like Microsoft more (despite the fact that Vista 32-bit runs slower than &%$# in BootCamp on my same aluminum MacBook which runs Leopard extremely fast) after seeing Microsoft offer DreamSpark to students and allow me to expand and be creative by creating my own applications for their platform-free of charge!

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