Think of it as an high-schooler stimulus package.
DreamSpark High School Provides High School Students with Free Software
Today at the Government Leaders Forum, in Washington D.C. Bill Gates announced the expansion of the DreamSpark program to include high school students worldwide. DreamSpark was originally available only to University students. By offering free access to its latest software, Microsoft is empowering students to pursue their academic and professional goals, and become the next generation of IT and business leaders. All press information, videos and images are available here: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/events/glfamericas/default.mspx
If you are a current secondary school student, you can download professional Microsoft developer, designer, and gaming software through DreamSpark at no charge.
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