If you, or anyone you know, is a high school or college student, Microsoft has a great program called DreamSpark that you should be aware of. This program is designed to give students lots of free Microsoft software, training and other resources.
This includes things like Visual Studio 2010 Professional, Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard, SQL Server 2008 R2 Developer, Expression Studio 4 Ultimate, and many others.
Of course, Microsoft is not doing this purely out of the goodness of their hearts. They want more people to know their tools and technology, so that they become unpaid evangelists in the future. Regardless of their motives, you should take advantage of the program if you are a student.
DreamSpark has been around for several years, and Microsoft keeps adding more benefits, yet many people still don’t know that it is available. Spread the word to your friends and family!