Microsoft are doing a very strange deal at the moment - you can get a free 3 month TechNet subscription, which allows you to download all of their products (not for use in a production environment) for free. The downloaded products should work forever (well, they'll probably BSOD every week, but hey!). Note that you have to fill out surveys for three months to do this! Here's where I found it: http://www.neowin.net/news/software...ering-free-one-year-technet-plus-subscription Seems legit, and the downloads are all from Microsoft - I've posted this page and not the MS one as there are different links for each country. Just been looking through - doesn't seem to have Visual Studio in there... It does include VPC 6 & 7 for our PowerPC using friends though!