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Top 10 Free Microsoft Products Worth Checking Out

We always find the best free softwares from a trustworthy source or company. But finding such free softwares become difficult sometimes because there are lots of free softwares floating around the web.

Although, Microsoft is not a company that people associated with free softwares. But my friends, there are plenty of softwares that Microsoft offers, which are free to use and really worth checking out. I am not saying about Internet Explorer because that is worst browser which I experienced till know. There are many other Microsoft products that are really great and which are completely free to use.

So, have a look on SaveDelete’s compilation of Top 10 Free Microsoft Products worth checking out.

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1) Microsoft Security Essentials : Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. Microsoft Security Essentials is a free download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and always kept up to date so you can be assured your PC is protected by the latest technology. But for using, you windows OS should be original. Click here to get detailed article on Microsoft Security Essentials.

2) Windows Live Writer : Writer makes it easy to share your photos and videos on almost any blog service—Windows Live, WordPress, Blogger, LiveJournal,TypePad, and many more.

3) Process Explorer v12.04 : The Process Explorer display consists of two sub-windows. The top window always shows a list of the currently active processes, including the names of their owning accounts, whereas the information displayed in the bottom window depends on the mode that Process Explorer is in: if it is in handle mode you’ll see the handles that the process selected in the top window has opened; if Process Explorer is in DLL mode you’ll see the DLLs and memory-mapped files that the process has loaded. Process Explorer also has a powerful search capability that will quickly show you which processes have particular handles opened or DLLs loaded.

4) Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Express : Visual Studio 2010 is packed with new and enhanced features that simplify the entire development process from design to deployment. Customize your workspace with multiple monitor support. Create rich applications for SharePoint and the Web. Target multiple versions of the .NET Framework with the same tool. Eliminate the dreaded “no repro” problem with IntelliTrace. And much more.

5) Photosynth : Photosynth takes your photos, mashes them together and recreates a 3D scene out of them that anyone can view and move around in. Different than static photos and video, Photosynth allows you to explore details of places, objects, and events unlike any other media. You can’t stop video, move around and zoom in to check out the smallest details, but with Photosynth you can. And you can’t look at a photo gallery and immediately see the spatial relation between the photos, but with Photosynth you can.

6) Window SteadyState 2.5 : Whether you manage computers in a school computer lab or an Internet cafe, a library, or even in your home, Windows SteadyState helps make it easy for you to keep your computers running the way you want them to, no matter who uses them. Windows SteadyState provides a more effective way to help defend shared computers from changes by untrusted users and unwanted software installations. It can also help safeguard system resources.

7) Windows Live SkyDrive : With SkyDrive, you can embed public or shared folders on Windows Live Spaces. Everyone can see what’s public, but only people you’ve granted permission can see your shared folders. And you will also get free 25 GB online storage thatmeans you can Store, access, and share your files online with friends or co-workers, from anywhere.

8 ) Bing Maps : Bing Maps delivers a truly immersive experience that connects people to the world. Now you can create custom solutions and connect people to your ideas. With the new Bing Maps APIs, you can develop map experiences for your website—or you can reach even more people by hosting your Map App on Bing Maps.

9) Microsoft Research WorldWide Telescope : The WorldWide Telescope (WWT) is aenvironment that enables your computer to function as a virtual telescope—bringing together imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes in the world for a seamless exploration of the universe.

10) SyncToy 2.1 : SyncToy 2.1 is a free application that synchronizes files and folders between locations. Typical uses include sharing files, such as photos, with other computers and creating backup copies of files and folders.

Bonus program

11) Windows Live Photo Gallery : With Photo Gallery, it’s a snap to get your photos and videos from your camera to your PC. Find your favorite photos and share them with friends and family. Make your great photos look even better, and create impressive panoramic photos too.

46 Responses to Top 10 Free Microsoft Products Worth Checking Out

  1. Aaron says:

    Yogesh, Definitely security essentials and visual studio. 2 things that MS does right, and very well. Recent reports even has security essentials beating most pay services for anti-malware protection, which is finally something they can be proud of.

  2. Nabeel Ahmed says:

    Didn’t know Process Explorer was a Microsoft Product. Thanks for the info.

  3. @Aaron:- so true I don’t use anything else other than MS security essentials,n MS is too good at what they do.

  4. Christopher Masiello says:

    Yogesh,
    Nice roundup. I LOVE Live Writer. This is the best desktop blogging tool in the world. I have tried just about every free and paid app on Windows and Mac and Live Writer kills all of them.
    Thanks,
    Chris

  5. Paul Tech says:

    I have been using Live Writer and must say that it is a great tool for bloggers.

    I didn’t know about Microsoft Research WorldWide Telescope but it looks amazing. Now I can fulfill my childhood fascination in astrology..

  6. Nandan | TechFlu says:

    Thanks for share bro WWT and Windows Sky Drive are really great.

  7. Arpit says:

    Add Windows Live Sync Beta to your list. Though in beta, it is going to rock. The entire MS Live pack is superb!

  8. Don Burnett says:

    Why didn’t you include the free TrueSpace 3D package. It’s a complete 3D renderer and game development system and modeling that was originally competitive with 3D Studio and Maya??

    http://caligari.com/

    It’s in my top three of MSFT freebies..

  9. Krish says:

    Windows Live Sync beta is also a cool free program which can be used for the online backup of your data (Syncing with Sky Drive)

  10. yohan says:

    cool, thank for sharing :)

  11. Pedro DeRose says:

    SQL Server Express: http://www.microsoft.com/express/database/

    While restricted to 10GB per database, and lacking a few enterprise-level features such as compression, this is the same database engine used by very large enterprise customers and even governments. Includes features such as great spatial data support, full-text search, etc.

    And, yes, the Express version is completely free!

  12. Microsoft have some great products part from the one that are well. Thanks for sharing…

  13. Steve says:

    I only use Windows Live, to post articles to my blog without needing to login to your dashboard

  14. Techie Saves says:

    Nice collection of Windows products though there usually is a much better free alternative for any Windows product

    • Tjarren says:

      All of the products listed here ARE free, though. That’s what makes them all the more impressive, especially how many people like to call them M$ …

  15. shadess says:

    Security Essentials is imho the best antivirus program. I used avast before and it’s not bad but MSE is a little better.

  16. walter says:

    ive been using ca malware protection for years but the free windows antivirus on windows 7 is really good. may have to switch permantly… gooooo Billy Gates

  17. Stephen Findlay says:

    I ahve the MS Security es. and I just had to pay $150 to get rid of Viruses so it is not much good I thought i was covered but alas NOT!

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