Five cool Microsoft applications that are completely free

Microsoft isn’t known for giving away its products, but Bill Detwiler shows where to find five free Microsoft programs that can be useful and fun.

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 is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

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