There was a press release on December 12th that discussed three main topics:
1. XNA Game Studio 2.0 Supports Xbox LIVE.
2. Microsoft will provide a free trial membership in the XNA Creators Club beginning in January, allowing faculty members and students to use XNA Game Studio 2.0 and Xbox 360 for instructional purposes.
3. Another Dream-Build-Play Warm-Up challenge is underway.
The piece that is new is number 2 above. Here is the excerpt from the press release:
Academic Trial Memberships
Since its release last December, XNA Game Studio has been an incredible success, with 750,000 downloads, adoption by more than 300 universities worldwide and at least nine textbooks on the tools in development. In subjects from computer science to fine arts, introductory courses to graduate and research projects—XNA Game Studio is helping faculty members and students explore the boundaries of applied gaming technology in education.
Along with XNA Game Studio 2.0, Microsoft will also provide a free academic trial membership in the XNA Creators Club beginning in January, allowing faculty members and students to use XNA Game Studio 2.0 and Xbox 360 for instructional purposes.
There are a couple of universities and community colleges that either have picked up my XNA Unleashed book or are going to this coming semester. There has been some discussion about providing some extra material to help instructors. If you are thinking of adopting my book and are interested in any supplemental material, leave a message on the Amazon forum for the book.