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Microsoft DreamSpark - now available in Australia!
shorty56au 
5/8/08 10:04:00 AM
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Following on from the article here:
http://www.atomicmpc.com.au/article.asp?SCID=25&CIID=103894
(Please don't bump the discuss thread!)

The Microsoft DreamSpark program is now available to Australian students who possess an ISIC student ID card, which is available here:
https://www.isiccard.com.au/cpa/htm/htm_isic_application.asp

If you're after full, legal (presumably, as I haven't found the license agreements yet) and free (other than the $18 for the student card) versions of the following:
o Windows Server 2003 Standard
o Visual Studio 2008 Professional
o Visual Studio 2005 Professional
o SQL Server 2005 Developer
o XNA Game Studio 2.0
o A 12-month Academic membership in the XNA Creators Club
and a bunch of other stuff.

Now, to get that ISIC student card....

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kikz 
5/8/08 10:22:05 AM
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Windows 2K3 and Sql Server 2005 Developer come with a Visual Studio 2008 (along with Vista Ultimate).

Anyway, that's a cool deal if you don't want to spend $2000 on VS2008

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shorty56au 
5/8/08 12:39:09 PM
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The deal is only for students which I guess is why they're offering it for free, as nearly all students don't have $2k to spend on VS2008 (I know I certainly don't).

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Jeruselem 
5/8/08 12:39:59 PM
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How come they never did this when I was a student (grumbles).


Edited by Jeruselem: 5/8/2008 12:40:08 PM

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kikz 
5/8/08 12:53:44 PM
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Quote by Jeruselem
How come they never did this when I was a student (grumbles).


Depends on how long ago you were a student :p

They didn't do it for me cause .NET wasn't out :p
MS have had the MSDNAA for years now. I don't think it offered VS though. Student versions were available way back when at least. I picked up VS6 for $65

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Jeruselem 
5/8/08 1:26:09 PM
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Quote by kikz
Quote by Jeruselem
How come they never did this when I was a student (grumbles).


Depends on how long ago you were a student :p

They didn't do it for me cause .NET wasn't out :p
MS have had the MSDNAA for years now. I don't think it offered VS though. Student versions were available way back when at least. I picked up VS6 for $65



A very long time ago ... when there was no student discounts on software. Had to go pirate my dev software.

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Girvo 
5/8/08 4:47:38 PM
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:O



I don't do software dev as a course, but I'm a student. I'm totally picking this up!

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über-Bantumi 
5/8/08 8:40:30 PM
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We had a similar scheme with the MSDN Academic Alliance when I was at QUT around 5 years ago. Greatly added convenience for those of us unable to pay the exorbitant software licensing fees.

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spielentwickler 
5/8/08 8:43:43 PM
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I get half that stuff through the MSDN AA program...


Plus XP and Vista

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TheSecret 
5/8/08 8:45:35 PM
Master
All the universities I have been at have been offering these as free downloads to students with the universities own student ID. Since 2004. I have never heard of this DreamSpark thing before.

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stalker 
8/9/08 4:02:19 PM
Serf
Neh, I'll keep pirating it.

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freespace 
8/9/08 6:48:49 PM
Hero
Titan


If only I had use for such a thing ;-)

On the other hand Mac OS X and Linux both have fully featured development environment that don't cost a cent, even if you are not a student! :P


Edited by freespace: 8/9/2008 6:49:55 PM

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kikz 
8/9/08 8:26:58 PM
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Quote by freespace
If only I had use for such a thing ;-)

On the other hand Mac OS X and Linux both have fully featured development environment that don't cost a cent, even if you can't develop anything compelling.


fixed.

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freespace 
8/9/08 11:21:06 PM
Hero
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Quote by kikz
Quote by freespace
If only I had use for such a thing ;-)

On the other hand Mac OS X and Linux both have fully featured development environment that don't cost a cent, even if you can't develop anything compelling.


fixed.

Pray tell, what makes a product "compelling" and what is so special about dreamspark that lets you develop things which are "compelling"?

I must say "compelling" is a strange software metric, personally I prefer useful and usable.

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kikz 
9/9/08 7:51:12 AM
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Quote by freespace
Quote by kikz
Quote by freespace
If only I had use for such a thing ;-)

On the other hand Mac OS X and Linux both have fully featured development environment that don't cost a cent, even if you can't develop anything compelling.


fixed.

Pray tell, what makes a product "compelling" and what is so special about dreamspark that lets you develop things which are "compelling"?

I must say "compelling" is a strange software metric, personally I prefer useful and usable.


Compelling = Microsoft speak for useful and usable. I've been at TechEd all last week, topping up my brainwashing :)

I was shit stirring :)

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Girvo 
9/9/08 9:22:25 AM
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*pimp-slaps kikz with GCC

:P

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freespace 
9/9/08 3:15:57 PM
Hero
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Quote by kikz
I was shit stirring :)

*pays the troll* :P

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Charcoal 
9/9/08 11:30:35 PM
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:(

I'm not a student anymore.

But then it is an academic XNA membership, so it's as good as my 1 year trial membership for saying I'd think about possibly entering Dream Build Play this year :P

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