Seems like the time to collect all the free stuff available from Microsoft and share this with the community (who still believes that we’re greedy corp only :)) Please read below and share with your friends –
Free betas and trials at http://MSDN.microsoft.com/evalcenter and http://TechNet.microsoft.com/evalcenter – do you need free Windows 7 for 90 days trial or Windows Server 2008 R2 for free for 180 days? These are the links to go and get the stuff.
Free Express-versions of developer tools – Visual Basic 2010 Express, Visual C# 2010 Express, Visual C++ 2010 Express, Visual Web Developer 2010 Express, Windows Phone Developer Tools, SQL Server 2008 R2 Express, Visual Studio 2008 Express.
Free software for students via www.dreamspark.com – developer and designer tools, servers and applications free for students. Just go there and download.
Free software for students and universities via MSDN Academic Alliance – just check if your’ school in there and go to your dean to grab your free copy of Windows 7 and many more 🙂
Free e-learning – just online courses on latest products. And yes, they are free for some time (while products is still really new or the technology the course is about is really the fundamental one)
Free webcasts – as simple as seminars, but online. Pick your topic and attend. No fee is required and the full interactive experience available even if you have 36Kbits internet connection speed.
Free antivirus – Microsoft Security Essential is simple and effective antivirus free for every Windows users.
Sysinternals – variety of tools for easier and more flexible management of Windows.
P.S. Let’s make this really interactive post – if you know some other resources or soft from Microsoft – leave me a comment here and I’ll update the post.