DreamSpark: Download Microsoft Development Software for Free | Posted at 11:39 AM
I have some awesome news! Now instead of paying $500 for the latest Microsoft development software, students can get it for free using Microsoft DreamSpark.
For U of MN students, here's how to get started in less than 90 seconds:
- Visit http://dreamspark.com
- Click the product you want
- Click Sign-In
- Sign in with your Windows Live ID (Hotmail, or any other Microsoft account)
- Click "Verify" on the product page
- Choose your continent and country
- Wait for the schools to load in the right box, choose University of Minnesota
- Login with your X.500
- Click "Download" for whatever method you want (download manager or web browser)
- Voila! All done!
Of course, that's not all you get. Students also get one FREE voucher for a Microsoft Technology Specialist certification exam! It's first-come, first-serve, so get one now and sign-up for a seat! There are plenty of times for MN exams. When choosing an exam, choose ones that begin with TS (Technology Specialist).
After clicking "Get Key" on the above link, make sure to print out the page and save it somewhere because you must bring it to the exam site.
On the Start page for ProMetric, click the Choose a Location. Select US, Minnesota and the first exam set. Then click Next. Choose an exam (sort by Name and scroll down to TS). Choose something you know you are proficient in, for me, I am taking the TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 ASP.NET Development since I've had years of experience using it.
After creating an account, you may need to repeat finding a location and test center. Once you arrive at the test center locations page, find a test center close by and click Schedule an Appointment. Then choose a date that works best (mine is May 22). You cannot schedule anything after 8 weeks from the current date. You should wait if you want a later date.
My exam was $125, it's awesome that I get to take the exam for FREE! That is definitely super awesome.