Many people complain that Microsoft products are too expensive. How many would love to have a product Microsoft_logowith the quality of Microsoft and free of cost. Many of free applications like open office etc are looked upon with uncertainity because of backing of a quality certified company. Unknown to many Microsoft does provide certain products free of cost.

Some of the Microsoft freebeies are  :

1. Paint.NET

Paint.NET is a free image and photo editing applicatiprovided by Microsoft. It was actually a State University project based on .NET technology. Microsoft liked it so much that incorporated it in its product range and launched it under its wing.

It along with providing an simple interface and easy to use incorporates all the essential features needed for image editing along with layers, special effects and support for various image formats. It also has a online community where  one can interact with numerous people regarding the software.

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2. WorldWide Telescope.

This application comes from Microsoft Research and provides you with a virtual telescope on your system.

WorldWide Telescope (WWT) enables your computer to function as a virtual telescope, bringing together imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes in the world. Experience narrated guided tours from astronomers and educators featuring interesting places in the sky.
A web-based version of WorldWide Telescope is also now available. This version enables seamless, guided explorations of the universe from within a web browser on PC and Intel Mac OS X by using the power of Microsoft Silverlight 3.0.

This package brings together amazing imagery from the Hubble Space Telescope and approximately 10 earthbound telescopes. The images are sewn together seamlessly ad one cam explore outer space with ease and also zoom into an area as far as available data allows

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3. SyncToy

It another one of thefree applications by Microsoft. It is used to synchonise files and folder between locations . It is very commonly used as backup creator o ffiles and floders

  • Dynamic Drive Letter Assignment: Drive letter reassignment will now be detected and updated in the folder pair definition.
  • True Folder Sync: Folder creates, renames and deletes are now synchronized for all SyncToy actions.
  • Exclusion Filtering Based on Name: File exclusion based on name with exact or fuzzy matching.
  • Filtering Based on File Attributes: The ability to exclude files based on one or more file attributes (Read-Only, System, Hidden).
  • Unattended Folder Pair Execution: Addressed issues related to running scheduled folder pairs while logged off.
  • Folder Pairs With Shared Endpoints: Ability for folder pairs associated with the same or different instances of SyncToy to share end-points.
  • Command line enhancements: Added the ability to manage folder pairs via the command line interface.
  • Re-Architect Sync Engine: The SyncToy engine has been rearchitected to provide scalability and the ability to add significant enhancements in future releases.
  • Sync engine is also more robust insomuch that many single, file level errors are skipped without affecting the entire sync operation.
  • Sync Encrypted Files: Sync of Encrypted files works when local folder and files are encrypted, which addresses the common scenario involving sync between local, encrypted laptop PC folder and remote, unencrypted desktop PC folder.
  • 64-Bit Support: SyncToy now has a native 64-bit build (x64 only) for 64-bit versions of Windows.
  • Folder pair rename
  • Sub-folder Exclusion Enhancements: Descendents created under excluded sub-folders are automatically excluded. Usability improvements for the sub-folder exclusion dialog.
  • Folder Pair Metadata Moved: Folder pair metadata removed from MyDocuments to resolve any issues with server-based folder pair re-direction setup.
  • Setup Improvements: Integrated setup with single self-extracting archive file and no extra downloads if you already have .NET Framework 2.0 installed. Enabled silent install for the SyncToy Installer file (see readme.txt file for more information).

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