Fyi: Dreamspark: Free Microsoft Software for Students just got better

Microsoft Dreamspark added some new applications to its arsenal of Microsoft designer and development tools that are targeted at budding professionals.

  • Expression Studio 3
  • Robotics Developer Studio 2008 R2
  • XNA Game Studio 3.1

have joined the ranks and are now available to any eligible high school and university students. Previous versions of these programs are no longer available for download from Dreamspark.

The Dreamspark offering as of now has 16 tools available:

  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Developer
  • XNA Game Studio 3.1
  • Microsoft CCR and DSS Toolkit 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard
  • Microsoft Expression Studio 3
  • Windows Server 2003
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Express Edition
  • Microsoft SQL Server Express
  • Microsoft Virtual PC
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Express Edition
  • Microsoft Visual C# 2008 Express Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition

In case you are not aware of it, the Microsoft Dreamspark program offers students around the world free software, and became available 02/2008 and opened up to high schools 03/2009 worldwide in over 100 countries.