Microsoft DreamSpark, the program that aims to get high school and university students hooked on the Microsoft development platform(s), is finally available for University of Waterloo students, without necessitating an International Student Identity Card (ISIC). While Waterloo has an MSDN-AA subscription for undergrads, many of the tools available through DreamSpark aren’t available through that subscription. Examples include Expression Studio 2, SQL Server 2008, Windows Server 2008, and Virtual PC 2007. It looks like UWaterloo cheaped out on the licensing. Guess the $4600 per semester tuition just didn’t cut it.
Enough jabs at the school for now – head on over to DreamSpark and check out the software. I’ve been using some of the tools for a while, courtesy of my ISIC.