SharePoint Designer Free?

According to several blog posts, from April 1st 2009 you can get SharePoint Designer 2007 free. As in beer, that is.

Yes, I know, bad date for such an announcement, but since the rumors are posted on another date there might be something to it. As Bill Simser notes, however, SPD is still for sale on the official page, and no official word has yet been heard.

Here’s part of the email that rmaclean’s blog disclosed:

Microsoft will offer SharePoint Designer 2007 free of charge, as a download, starting April 1, 2009. This change is being made in order to help customers get the most value out of their investments in SharePoint products and technologies.  Microsoft will remove SharePoint Designer 2007 from the April 2009 Volume Licensing price list.

Customers with active SA as of April 1, 2009 will be able to upgrade to Expression Web.  SharePoint Designer is not “end-of-life.” The next version of SharePoint Designer will ship together with the next release of SharePoint.

I for one think it’s about bloody time. Charging people to have reasonable use of a product for which they have already paid seems ludicrous.

SharePoint Designer is a really cool tool, especially after I’ve started reading Woody’s book that shows some really cool tricks you can do while teaching the concepts of SPD in a really nice way. I’ll come back with a full review as soon as time permits, but if you’re in a hurry and considering learning SharePoint Designer, here’s the short version:

Buy.

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Bjørn Furuknap

I previously did SharePoint. These days, I try new things to see where I can find the passion. If you have great ideas, cool projects, or is in general an awesome person, get in touch and we might find out together.

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