Microsoft has made UK-specific enhancements to its global web-based digital lifestyle club for students known as theSpoke.net.
A new public hub will provide a more local community for UK students using the service, while the Premium Membership Programme will help those interested in software development.
The premium programme allows students access to Microsoft's VisualStudio.Net 2003 Academic integrated development environment.
For £20, which covers the user for as long as they are at college or university, students can download the software or request a CD version.
Premium members also receive discounts on hardware, software, training and learning resources, and several partner software companies provide benefits and discounts.
Stuart Nielsen-Marsh, head of the academic developer initiative at Microsoft, explained that young technology fans want to leave their mark on the world.
"TheSpoke.net aspires to be a core part of this creative process and the evolving lifestyle of these young people," he said in a statement.
Software tools company Grey Matter is offering members up to 70 per cent off its normal non-academic prices.
More information is available here.
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