A while ago I wrote a short blog post to spread the word about a Microsoft freebie ("Free - Windows 7 Users Guide e-book from Microsoft"). That was not, strictly speaking, from Microsoft itself, but it came from Microsoft Technet UK so it clearly had the company's blessing.


Now for some reason I am receiving newsletters from Microsoft Ireland but not the UK (no idea why) and the latest one is impressively generous. Microsoft are falling over themselves to give stuff away - books, posters, training, competitions, software, security tools, Memory keys, Books, T-Shirts, Jackets (maybe). Even a Windows Phone every month.  I had no idea they had all this spare cash they didn't know what to do with ...


Free Stuff

Learn Along With Dave

I’ve managed to source enough “goodies” to offer a few prizes every week from now until the Summer (nothing spectacular: Memory keys, Books, T-Shirts or Jackets maybe).  I’ve nearly closed out on getting funding to offer a monthly Windows Phone giveaway (hopefully the Nokia Lumia 800).


What do you have to do to win them?  Simply Learn Along With Dave!  Which just means avail of some free training on the Microsoft Virtual Academy and prove to me that you’ve passed a particular exam/test.


Free eBooks and Posters

Big thanks to Gerry Forde for pointing this out: http://blogs.technet.com/b/yungchou/archive/2011/12/06/free-ebooks.aspx


Free Trial Software

A good starting point to find all our free trial software is here (the Download Centre).  If you’re interested in building your own Private Cloud, then look no further than here.


FREE Security Tools

I shared these FREE Security Tools last month – they’re still worth sharing.


The free e-books include several titles which might be of interest. All of these are Microsoft Technet publications and are available through the link above but, if you want to shortcut straight to the download pages, just click on the titles below. The default format is a PDF file.


- "Deploying Windows 7"

Microsoft’s eBook Deploying Windows® 7 Essential Guidance from the Windows 7 Resource Kit and TechNet Magazine combine selected chapters written by industry experts Mitch Tulloch, Tony Northrup, Jerry Honeycutt, Ed Wilson, and the Windows 7 Team with select Windows 7 articles from TechNet Magazine. Sample topics include: Deployment Platform, Planning Deployment, Testing Application Compatability, and 8 Common Issues in Windows 7 Migrations.


- Office 365"


- "Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2"


- "Programming Windows Phone 7 Series"


There are other titles, plus some posters (I quite like the "SharePoint 2010: SharePoint Developer Platform Wall Poster"). They are available (once again) from http://blogs.technet.com/b/yungchou/archive/2011/12/06/free-ebooks.aspx