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Microsoft's DreamSpark--What a Giveaway

Feb 20, 2008, 00:15 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glyn Mody)

"Yesterday, Microsoft announced DreamSpark--an ironic name, since it actually lays bare Microsoft's worst nightmare: that more and more of tomorrow's programmers are growing up using free software for their studies, which means that as they move out into the world, there will be less and less demand for Microsoft's tools, and even fewer programs written for its platforms. Its answer? This:

"Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates today will unveil a software giveaway that will ultimately provide millions of college and high school students around the world with access to the latest Microsoft developer and designer tools at no charge to unlock their creative potential and set them on the path to academic and career success..."

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