Microsoft has recently been quite active with big announcements, updates to developer tools and Windows OS.
On Monday, MS announced they will give away VS, Expression and Windows Server absolutely FREE to students worldwide.
Very impressive move to get crowd stick to MS, seems quite workable idea :)
Adobe also recently made available Adobe Flex Builder free to students. MS following the same idea making it head-on competition for RIA development tools.
Microsoft is very good with getting their technology to masses quickly. And they’ve proven record of it. For example, MS .Net Framework. They made it available to public in early beta, released comprehensive SDK with documentation. And did not charged developers to ship .Net runtime with their applications.
Giving away Expression and VS2008 will also boost Silverlight adoption rapidly. More Silverlight applications means, greater number of users downloading Silverlight runtime daily.
Lets see how it goes.
// chall3ng3r //