Through an EduServ Athens validation system, all University of Ulster staff and students can download free Microsoft developer software from https://downloads.channel8.msdn.com/Products.aspx. This is in addition to our school subscription to the MS Academic Alliance.
The most exciting thing for us, perhaps, is the free Creators Club membership. It may have a few limitations compared to the full paid membership (some free software etc.) but it is great news for our students who would prefer to spend their money on games or books (not!).