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
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