How much does Free Microsoft Learning Cost? (Hint: Free!)

December 18th, 2008
by Christopher Kusek (PKGuild)


Every so often I get asked by people for help improving their skills, making them more marketable as well as ways to get access to training and resources.

And more often than not, I lead them in directions with the huge cost of $0.00 associated with it.    Whether you’re looking for Certification, access to Labs, E-Books, or Training information.

I’m a BIG fan of Free!

So, can you afford freE-Learning?

Thanks to our friends at Microsoft, here is another resource available to you!

By visiting this lovely site, it will display all of the available courses being offered by Microsoft Learning for Free!

What relevant topics are available on there at the moment:

  1. SQL 2008
  2. Application Virtualization
  3. Terminal Services in Server 2008
  4. Virtual Machine Manager for 2008
  5. Hyper-V
  6. ASP.NET
  7. .NET Framework
  8. Windows Security
  9. Microsoft Security Guidance I-IV

…And more!

Seriously, there is a motherload of information here, so much training to wrap your teeth into!

If you saw my previous post about the voucher to get the Hyper-V training for free, this training is very complimentary to that and more! (Especially since that voucher seems to be faulty at the moment)

So get out there, get yourself something Free for this season.  It’s your education, do something about it!

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  • These offerings are no-cost, but they are not “free.” Students who pursue any product-specific training program must invest time, energy and mindshare, which are resources far more precious than money. This is pointedly ironic since the purpose of powerful software systems is to simplify life and mitigate the need for specialized expertise and arcane trivia. Using tools which require no training truly requires no investment.

    An essential pedagogical objective for students of technology is to acquire a broad and balanced perspective. If you want to “improve skills” and become “more marketable”, mastering the products of a particular vendor might provide some immediate benefit but will tend to minimize overall capacity. Vendor-certified experts are likely to confuse fundamental principles with eccentricities and enhancements of their platform of choice. This makes them less flexible and therefore, less free.

    The resources provided by Microsoft and other organizations can be beneficial, and the decision to make many components available at no cost will undoubtdly increase access. However, students should understand that with the mastery of one vendor’s approach can potentially impact their comprehension of the originating field of study. The word “free” is deceptive. The price of learning—regardless of whether money is exchanged—is the risk of misunderstanding.

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