Free Microsoft Software for Indian Students

The Microsoft DreamSpark Student Program, which gives the free software to college and high school students worldwide, has now expanded to India. Bill Gates announced the initiative at IIT Delhi today.

Microsoft DreamSpark enables students to download Microsoft developer and design tools at no charge. Visit the Microsoft program partners like NIIT, Aptech and Hughes Net Fusion Centers – Simply show your college identity card and collect your free DVD containing the Microsoft software. That’s it!

If you prefer the online way – Visit, sign in with your Windows Live ID, and get verified as a student (The system is linked to schools and organizations around the world that can confirm student status).

Some free Microsoft Software available now are
* Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition
* Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition
* XNA Game Studio 2.0
* Microsoft Expression Studio
* SQL Server 2005 Express Edition
* Windows Server, Standard Edition
* Virtual PC 2007

Add to that the 12-month free Academic membership in the XNA Creators Club. If you are an Indian student, what are you waiting for – take advantage of this offer and download free Microsoft software on your computer.

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About the Author: P Chandra is editor of QOT, one of India's earliest tech bloggers since 2004. A tech enthusiast with expertise in coding, WordPress, web tools, SEO and DIY hacks.