Microsoft DreamSpark: Microsoft is trying to hook new developers young by getting them in college with free development tools.
DreamSpark is simple, it’s all about giving students Microsoft professional-level developer and design tools at no charge so you can chase your dreams and create the next big breakthrough in technology – or just get a head start on your career.
The page gets a little condescending:
Now remember these are professional tools. This means they are pretty big files so make sure you have the bandwidth and space to bring them to your machine.
Don’t run with scissors, kids.