Microsoft Gives Free Software to High School & College Students
DreamSpark, a program from Microsoft, provides Visual Studio 2008 Professional, Windows Server 2003 Standard, Microsoft Expression Studio, SQL Server 2005 Developer, and XNA Game Studio to high school and college students in 11 countries, including the United States.
Students will be asked to verify their student status initially and every 12 months. Those 18 years and older will do this themselves; for those younger, parents are asked to verify for them. The school or university has to provide the student with some type of digital student ID credentials, e.g., login & password, or you have to use an outside identify authentication service. At this time, only universities and outside providers are listed. If you want your high school to be involved, then they need to contact Microsoft.