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Freebie Friday 9/30: Application Compatibility Checker, Get Windows Phone 7.5 Now, More

Welcome to another edition of Freebie Friday, the Redmondmag.com feature highlighting some of the best current Microsoft products, from software to ebooks, that won't cost you a cent. After checking out this week's batch, send us your suggestions for products that should be included to future editions at cpaoli@1105media.com.

  • Microsoft Safety Scanner - While this program won't block malware and viruses from entering a system, this tool from Microsoft, which is updated every month, will help you safely remove harmful programs from an infected system. Note: this program is only valid for 10 days after downloading, so if vulnerabilities are found, re-download the client.

  • Windows 7 Application Compatibility - Check to see if third-party applications will be compatible with Windows 7 before deploying. It will also give you insight on why or why not a specific app works or doesn't. The catalogue is constantly updated by Microsoft.

  • Programming Windows Phone 7, by Charles Petzold (ebook)- Want to dabble with creating some applications for Microsoft's mobile platform? This resource is the perfect way to get you started.

  • Springboard for Office (Windows Phone 7) - You can grab this app for free from the Zune store. It provides videos, whitepapers, webcasts, FAQs and guides for troubleshooting and optimizing Microsoft's Office suite.

  • Get Windows Phone 7.5 Now - Not part of the initial 10 percent that gets the Windows Phone 7.5 update first? Gizmodo outlines a trick for forcing the update ahead of time. It takes some time and patience, but trust us, it works.

 

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