Students Take Advantage of Microsoft’s DreamSpark Download Visual Studio Professional For Free

by windowsiso on September 21, 2012

With the up coming Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 release there are tremendous opportunities out there for new application to take off on those new platforms from Microsoft. Developing application for Windows 8 metro style application or Windows Phone 8 requires the use of Visual Studio. If you are a student in collage or university, then you should check out DreamSpark, Microsoft’s window to students to get kick started at making applications for Windows platform.

There are many different versions out there, if you only want to focus on one platform, then you can try out the Visual Studio Express 2012 or Visual Studio Express 2010, all of those are free for publish to download. Download Visual Studio Express 2012 if you are on Windows 8 and want to develop applications for Windows 8. Visual Studio Express 2010 is for Windows Phone platform and the rest. (Note: currently, if you don’t have access to Windows Phone SKD 8 then you will need to download the VS 2010 Express to kick start your development environment in Windows 8 environment, you will be also required to download Windows Phone SDK 7.1 path for compatibility on Windows 8 platform)


With DreamSpark, you can download Visual Studio 2012 Professional, Visual Studio 2010 profession editions and many more other Microsoft premium development applications and servers. Note if you aren’t a student, the Professional edition and ultimate edition of Visual Studio will be cost anywhere between $1,199 to $13,299.


And that’s only the Visual Studio alone, not to mention DreamSpark also offers other software as well. Some of the development tools they are offer are:

  • Visual Studio 2012 Professional
  • Visual Studio 2010 Professional
  • Microsoft Expression Studio 4 Ultimate
  • Kinect for Windows SDK
  • XNA Game Studio 4
  • Kodu Game Lab
  • Small Basic
  • Microsoft Mathematics 4
  • Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio

DreamSpark also offer Servers applications for you to try it out:

  • Windows Server 2012 RC
  • SQL Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition
  • SQL Server 2008 R2 Developer
  • Windows Virtual PC 2007
  • SQL Server 2008 Express Edition

All of those are free for all students with valid prof of enrollment from your university. Check if your school are included, head here to find out. Don’t miss out the great opportunities awaiting for you!

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