Microsoft Corp unveiled a new initiative on Monday that will give college and high school students around the world free access to technology tools used to develop and design software.
The development and design tools are available immediately to college students in the United States, Western Europe and China, but Microsoft said it will eventually extend the program to other countries and high school students, potentially reaching 1 billion students.
The Redmond-based software maker said late Monday it will let students download Visual Studio Professional Edition, a software development environment; Expression Studio, which includes graphic design and Web site and hybrid Web-desktop programming tools; and XNA Game Studio 2.0, a video game development program.
The company will also give away SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition and Windows Server Standard Edition.
Quite the giveaway. The rational is they want to put this in the hands of students to lure them away from Open Source type solutions and from the Adobe packages.
I wonder what the cheapest course I could take at community college would be that would qualify... (Hmmm... Basket Weaving with Silverlight 101?)
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