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UNT, Microsoft partner to give students free access
to top software development programs*

The University of North Texas is partnering with Microsoft to provide free access to cutting-edge development software that could help UNT students become the next generation of software programmers.

Through its participation in DreamSpark, Microsoft’s program that provides free development software to students, UNT’s Computing and Information Technology Center is allowing students to download full professional versions of Visual Studio 2008, Expression Studio, Windows Server 2003 and XNA Game Studio 2.0.

Visual Studio 2008 is Microsoft’s primary toolkit for developing programs in a Windows environment and includes the programming languages Visual C#, Visual C++, Visual J#, and Visual Basic. Programmers use Expression Studio – which comprises Expression Web, Expression Blend, Expression Design, and Expression Media – to design and create rich interactive Web pages in a variety of formats. XNA Game Studio 2.0 lets programmers create games for Windows and the Xbox 360.

The DreamSpark program also comes with a 12-month trial subscription to Creators Club, which is software that allows programmers to build and play their game ideas on Xbox 360 systems.

Online instructions for installing DreamSpark can be found at

In order to download this software you will need your EUID, password, and a Windows Live ID account which you can create inside DreamSpark if you do not already have one. The DreamSpark website is

* This article is a combination of articles written internally within CITC, a UNT News Service release, and an article appearing in InHouse. - Ed.


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