In my last post about free software from Microsoft there were 2 ways of getting the goodies, but both of them needed some pre-requisites. Microsoft has had a program called DreamSpark with which it gives away free software, the good news is that Billy G while in India today announced the program to be extended to Indian students with pretty much no pre-requisite other than they being a student.

Yup, all you now need to do is take your college id to a Microsoft Partner Center (NIIT etc.) ,show them your college id and collect the stuff! This what you are entitled to:

  1. Visual Studio 2008 (Professional)
  2. Windows Server 2003
  3. SQL Server 2005 (Developer Edition)
  4. Microsoft Expression Studio
  5. XNA Game Studio 2.0
  6. Visual Studio 2005 (Professional)
  7. Visual C# 2005 (Express)
  8. Visual C++ 2005 (Express)
  9. Visual Basic 2005 (Express)
  10. SQL Server 2005 (Express)
  11. Visual Web 2005 (Express)
  12. Visual J# (Express)
  13. Microsoft Virtual PC

Huge list. All you need to do is:

  1. Visit any of MS partner locations. (Go here, scroll to the bottom of the page, select your city and find.)
  2. Show your college identity card to collect your DVD containing the software.
  3. Go to ‘Get Verified’ and enter the 25 digit verification key mentioned on the DVD
  4. You may be prompted to sign in using a Windows Live Id. This step will associate the verification key to your Live Id.
  5. and complete the verification process.
  6. Download the relevant License Keys from the world wide DreamSpark website.

PS: If your college is part of IEEE then you can see a method given in the previous post.