The Microsoft DreamSpark student program is part of Microsoft Unlimited Potential and provides students with access to a broad range of development and design software for download at no charge.The program is now available to college and high school students around the world.

Commenting at the launch of the program, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said: “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 DreamSpark provides professional-level tools that we hope will inspire students to explore the power of software and encourage them to forge the next wave of software-driven breakthroughs.”

You can find the official announcement here.