Microsoft isn't known for giving away its products, but if you know where to look you can find a handful of pretty cool, free applications. During this episode of TR Dojo, I'll show you five free Microsoft programs that can be useful and fun, such as:
Also, while free applications like Open Office and Google Docs have gained limited traction in the corporate IT environment, many equate "free" with "cheap" or "basic". What about you? Take the poll in the above post, and let me know. Then, share your experiences deploying free software in the discussion thread below?
For those of you who prefer text to video, you can click the Transcript link that appears below the video player window or read Greg Shultz's article, "10 free Microsoft programs worth checking out," on which this episode is based. Greg also gives you information on another five free programs from Microsoft.
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Bill Detwiler has nothing to disclose. He doesn't hold investments in the technology companies he covers.
Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. He was most recently Managing Editor for TechRepublic Pro. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the social research and energy industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville, where he has also lectured on computer crime and crime prevention.