… while Microsoft is I guess the only Biggie out there which gives out software for free or at very low prices via various programmes.

Take for example, DreamSpark, which is a programme by Microsoft for students which gives them access to various latest softwares for FREE. Yep, you read it right.

DownloadSquad is reporting Microsoft has updated their DreamSpark website and added applications that are now available for download. DreamSpark is a service Microsoft has provided for high school and university students to download and get access to development products for free.

For a full list of the software available with DreamSpark, check the support FAQ. In brief: Visual Studio 2010, Windows Phone, XNA Game Studio 3.1, SQL Server 2008, Expression Studio 3.0 and Windows Server 2003, and 2008.

The mentioned software’s are also available to the WebsiteSpark, BizSpark members as well.

There are limitations on some of the software that is available but it is a great way for a student to learn development on different devices and the licensing allows the students to make some money from their applications.

So go ahead and get your share of Microsoft pie 🙂