A Kinder Gentler Wiser Microsoft Gives Away Valuable Software Developer Tools to Students Around The World!

Posted on February 25, 2008. Filed under: Blogroll, Economics, Links, Politics, Rants, Raves, Resources, Reviews, Science, Video | Tags: , , , , , , |

  “Cast your bread upon the water for after many days you will find it”

Ecclesiastes 11:1

 

https://www.dreamspark.com/default.aspx

https://www.dreamspark.com/FAQ/StudentOverview.aspx

One way to beat your competition is to give both high school and college students around the world copies of your software development tools free.

When you do this on a global scale you are talking upwards of a billion people using your tools to develop applications for the Microsoft Windows operating system and platform.

Microsoft is doing exactly that with it DreamSpark:

What is DreamSpark?

“Now, for the first time, Microsoft is giving its valuable software developer and design tools directly to students worldwide at no charge! This site enables students like you to download professional-level Microsoft developer and design tools to unlock your creative potential and set you on the path to academic and career success, by supporting and advancing your learning and skills through technical design, technology, math, science and engineering activities. …” 

https://downloads.channel8.msdn.com/Overview.aspx 

UPDATE: The new link is here: https://www.dreamspark.com/default.aspx

Also, Student Overview FAQ:  https://www.dreamspark.com/FAQ/StudentOverview.aspx 

The DreamSpark software initiative is truly a positive feedback loop for all concerned.

This creates wealth on a massive scale and is truly transformative and revolutionary.

Few companies are either as generous or as visionary and can take the very long view.

Bill Gates talks about Free Software, Students, and Technology 

http://channel8.msdn.com/Posts/2047/

Same video on Youtube:

Channel8 interviews Bill Gates about DreamSpark  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJnI7poZIt0

 Where can you download the free software: 

Welcome to Microsoft DreamSpark

Professional Developer and Designer tools for students at no charge

“…DreamSpark is simple, it’s all about giving students Microsoft professional-level developer and design tools at no charge so you can chase your dreams and create the next big breakthrough in technology – or just get a head start on your career. …” 

https://downloads.channel8.msdn.com/

Veni, Vidi, Velcro…

(I came, I saw, I got stuck!)  

DreamSpark™…

http://blogs.msdn.com/mithund/archive/2008/02/19/dreamspark.aspx

The Microsoft products available for download now for students in Belgium, China, Finland, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the U.K. and the U.S. include:

Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition
Expression Studio
XNA Game Studio 2.0
XNA Creators Club Online
SQL Server 2005
Visual Studio 2005
Windows Server 2003
As well as all the previous free Express Editions of Visual Studio:
Visual C# 2005,
Visual Basic 2005,
Visual C++ 2005, 
Visual J# 2005
Visual Web 2005 

https://downloads.channel8.msdn.com/Products.aspx  

Frequently Asked Questions for Students

You got questions. We got answers.

That works out nicely, huh?

 https://downloads.channel8.msdn.com/FAQ/Students.aspx

 

Background Articles and Videos

Microsoft DreamSpark Helps Ignite the Imaginations, Careers of Today’s Students 

“…Microsoft DreamSpark is a community-based program to provide students with free access to Microsoft’s industry-leading software development, gaming and design tools. Working with schools, governments, partners and student organizations worldwide, we will be making this available starting today in Belgium, China, Finland, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. Other countries will come online over the next year, as well as expanding the program to include high school students. The program is open to all students at education institutions worldwide, though those studying science, technology, engineering and math disciplines (STEM-D) are expected to be the first to jump on it. All eligible students need is access to a computer with an internet connection to download the products, as well as free access keys at  http://channel8.msdn.com.  …”

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2008/feb08/02-18DreamSpark.mspx

Bill Gates: College Tour 2008 – Stanford University

Remarks by Bill Gates, Chairman, Microsoft Corporation

College Tour 2008 – Stanford University Palo Alto, Calif.

Feb. 19, 2008  

http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/exec/billg/speeches/2008/02-19Stanford.mspx

Microsoft’s DreamSpark – What a Giveaway

“…Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates today will unveil a software giveaway that will ultimately provide millions of college and high school students around the world with access to the latest Microsoft developer and designer tools at no charge to unlock their creative potential and set them on the path to academic and career success.

The Microsoft DreamSpark student program (http://channel8.msdn.com) makes available, at no charge, a broad range of development and design software for download. The program is now available to more than 35 million college students in Belgium, China, Finland, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the U.K. and the U.S. Broad global coverage, as well as an expansion of the program to high school students around the world, potentially reaching up to 1 billion students worldwide, will continue throughout the next year. Gates will share details with students and faculty at Stanford University as part of a U.S. and Canada college tour that kicks off today. 

http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/microsofts-dreamspark-%E2%80%93-what-giveaway 

Microsoft Gives Away Software Worth Thousands To Students  

“Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) is giving away, free of charge, development software that would normally cost about $3,300, the company announced Tuesday. The effort, called DreamSpark, is aimed at giving jump starts to current high school and college students for their IT careers.

“We want to do everything we can to equip a new generation of technology leaders with the knowledge and tools they need to harness the magic of software to improve lives, solve problems, and catalyze economic growth,” Microsoft chairman Bill Gates said in a statement. …” 

http://www.informationweek.com/windows/showArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=TJYF1R4VOD1MQQSNDLQSKH0CJUNN2JVN?articleID=206800334

Open source, Adobe on campus prods Microsoft’s giveaway

Eric Lai 02.19.2008

“…Via a new DreamSpark Web site, students will be able to download the Professional editions of Visual Studio 2008 and its Visual Studio 2005 predecessor, as well as Windows Server 2003, SQL Server 2005 and Expression Studio, a Web design suite that competes with tools from Adobe Systems Inc.

Microsoft also is offering its XNA Game Studio 2.0 software through the DreamSpark program, and the soon-to-be-released 2008 upgrades to Windows Server and SQL Server will be made available as well. “As soon as you can get them on MSDN, you’ll be able to get them here,” said Joe Wilson, Microsoft’s senior director of academic initiatives for developer and platform evangelism.

Wilson added that more countries and more students — including high schoolers — will become eligible to participate in the program over the next year. That will swell the total number of students who can take part to about 1 billion, he said. …” 

http://www.thestandard.com/news/2008/02/19/open-source-adobe-campus-prods-microsofts-giveaway

Microsoft’s stingy DreamSpark program 

“…Alas, dear Mr. Gates, too little, too late. You see, developers already have exceptional development tools available under open-source licenses. They also have market-leading ECM, CRM, application server, operating system, etc. software that they can fiddle with and extend so that they can graduate from the kiddie laboratory you want to foist on them.

DreamSpark would have been cool…20 years ago. Today it’s an admission, as Glyn Moody writes, in “the plainest possible terms that its business model has failed.” Sorry. Maybe you’ll catch up next century. …” 

http://blogs.cnet.com/8301-13505_1-9874171-16.html

Microsoft Gives Software to Nurture Future Coders

The DreamSpark program will provide programming tools to high school and college students worldwide.

“…DreamSpark is part of a company-wide effort to work with local governments, communities and academic institutions worldwide to give potential technology workers a head start in the competitive job market to foster technology innovation and improve citizens’ quality of life, especially in developing countries.

Microsoft also is trying to compete worldwide with open-source technologies such as Linux that are freely available to anyone and thus popular with student computer enthusiasts who may not be able to afford to purchase Microsoft products. …” 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/20/AR2008022000078.html

Positive Feedback 

 “…One common example of positive feedback is the network effect, where more people are encouraged to join a network the larger that network becomes. The result is that the network grows more and more quickly over time.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Positive_feedback

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Bah, for all of Microsoft’s market share they still churn out crap. You’d think that with all that money they’d be able to run circles around open source programmers. But they don’t, and they don’t even come close.

Although, I do have to give props to Mr. Gates’s philanthropy. Windows may suck, but he at least provided some of his fortune to defend against the scourge of AIDS in Africa. I’ll raise my glass to that any day.

Wow that’s cool, finall M$ realizes the power of open source !

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