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Free Microsoft Software Students + Startups

November 6th, 2008

Have you always wondered about how to procure expensive Microsoft Products for FREE ? Here is an opportunity if you are a Student or a Startup.

Any Indian student can just walk into an Aptech or NIIT Center and collect the DVD for FREE which givs you Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition, Visual Studio 2008 Professional, SQL-Server 2005 Express Edition, Virtual PC. You can also download thme online. More details here.

Startups around the world have started embracing Open Source technologies. In an order to win back the lost ground and Developers who matter the most, Microsoft has announced Startup Zone and a BizSpark initiative. If you are a Startup less than 3 years old and having revenues less than $1 mn, then you are entitled to host of Microsoft Products – Servers, Dev Tools etc. [Don’t you get them with MSDN Subscription for $2,000 ? Yes, but in Biz Spark they are all FREE]. You can use them on Dev / Production machines and environment, unlike MSDN license which restricts you for testing purpose only.

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