Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Are you inexperienced?

Microsoft, in addition to the student 2 business (s2b) portal I mentioned recently, are also releasing a free suite of development tools for college and high school students in science, technology, engineering and match (STEM) studies.

In a February 19th press release, Microsoft announce the DreamSpark student program to give away the developer tools to college students in 11 countries now, with intention to expand the program to other countries and to high-school students throughout the year. DreamSpark includes, among other things, Visual Studio, XNA game studio, Expressions designer, SQL Server relational database and Windows Server. Microsoft recommends that students check out the Channel8 site for details and availability.

Channel8 is the student equivalent of Channel9, a site for developers that includes wikis, forums, blogs, videocasts, podcasts, etc. Well worth a few minutes for students to check out the site and the tools. Free is a good price.

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