Fab ‘n juicy: get Microsoft Visual Studio Professional Edition; Microsoft Expression Studio; XNA Game Studio 2.0; SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition; and Windows Server Standard Edition for free. All these packages are now available for free to bona-fide U.K students, as full legitimate versions, as part of Microsoft’s just-launched DreamSpark initiative. No time-bombing, no nag-ware — just the full working versions, it seems. Although I’d suspect there may probably be something in the licence about ‘non-profit use only’. And of course you’ll need fast broadband to download these 500-pound gorillas.

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