Microsoft wants developers to write applications for Windows. This is no secret. What is not publicized very well, in my opinion, are the various ways that developers can get the tools they need to develop these applications for free.
Yesterday, I received my absolutely free, no strings attached, completely legal version of Visual Studio 2008 Professional via DHL. I was given this because I showed up to the Visual Studio 2008 Installfest at the Houston .Net User’s Group just before Christmas. For the effort of showing up, Microsoft also compensated me with all the pizza I could eat, all the Halo 3 and Guitar Hero I could play, and a tshirt.
If you missed out on this, Microsoft is having the official Visual Studio 2008 launch in a city near you coming very soon. I know that 2008 has been out for a while now, but this is the official launch party that is combined with Server 2008 and SQLServer 2008. I am sure they will be giving out more free stuff. The Houston event is March 20 and I’ll be there. You can register here for any of the scheduled cities.
Come on, break free from your cubicle for a day. You know you want to.