Introduction

“Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others.”

Did you get the MVP award? well you probably got the a nice award package from Microsoft, but This is only the beginning! Companies and people across the world recognizes the title and willing to give their products for your personal use for free. In this article we will try to summarize these free tools and services available to Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs).

* The advantage of TechNet WIKI article is that everyone can edit the article. We're not tied by the limitation that only the original author can edit the list as in personal publication like a blog. This is a community's article, which means that you can add, remove, fix and update (edit) stuff in the list. If you have any information regarding another free tool or service available to MVPs, please feel free to add it to the list.

Note!  This article inspired by this blog, which was written by Nik Molnar, Anthony van der Hoorn, and Xavier Decoster several years ago. This content include some new stuff (links) and fixing irrelevant link(s), which probably were correct in the past and changed over time. As mentioned this is a shared article which can updated at any time by any TechNet WIKI member.

   

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Free tools and services available to MVPs (alphabetical)

 

Aspose

Product : any product or product suite offered by Aspose! 

Description: .NET Components, Java Components, Cloud APIs, Android Components, SharePoint Components, SSRS Rendering Extensions, JasperReports Exporters, Product Family Packs, Free Utilities & Components.

How to get it  : Full Instructions to apply for a NFR License

Basically you need to email nfr.requests@aspose.com naming the products and platforms you would like licenses for. Include a link to your current Microsoft MVP profile.

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Axialis

Product : Any product from Axialis.

Description : Axialis IconWorkshop, Axialis IconGenerator, All Vector Icon Sets (XAML, SVG) customizable with IconGenerator, Bitmap Icon Sets (40,000+) and more.

How to get it : Fill this form to receive your NFR licenses

We will provide your NFR licenses within 24h after request. Our offer is also available to Microsoft Regional Directors (MS RDs). At Axialis, we are dedicated to developing icon-related solutions for developer's user interface needs. Axialis is a pioneer in the icon industry with its award-winning IconWorkshop application celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017.

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cdata

Product: Drivers & Providers

Description: ODBC Drivers, Java (JDBC) Drivers, ADO.NET Providers, BizTalk Adapters, SQL (SSIS) Components, Excel Add-Ins, Cloud Drivers

How to get it  : Fill this online form

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Cerebrata

Product: Azure Management Studio

Description: NFR license for any one of Cerebrata products.

How to get it  : mvp (at) cerebrata.com

To claim your free license, just send us a short email with a link to your MVP profile.

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CloudBerry

Product: Backup for Windows, Backup for Linux, Backup for Mac OS X, CloudBerry Explorer, CloudBerry Drive, CloudBerry Backup for Service Providers, CloudBerry Backup for NAS

Description: CloudBerry Backup Desktop Edition, CloudBerry Backup for Google Cloud Storage, CloudBerry Backup for Google Cloud Storage Server Edition, CloudBerry Backup for Linux, CloudBerry Backup for Mac OS X, CloudBerry Backup for MS SQL Server, CloudBerry Backup for SBS Essentials, CloudBerry Backup for WHS, CloudBerry Backup for WHS 2011, CloudBerry Backup MS Exchange Server Edition, CloudBerry Backup Server Edition, CloudBerry Backup Ultimate (former Enterprise), CloudBerry Box, CloudBerry Deduplication Server, CloudBerry Drive Desktop Edition, CloudBerry Drive Server Edition, CloudBerry Explorer for Amazon S3 PRO, CloudBerry Explorer for Azure Blob Storage, CloudBerry Explorer for Azure Blob Storage PRO, CloudBerry Explorer for Google Storage, CloudBerry Explorer for Nirvanix Storage, CloudBerry Explorer for OpenStack Storage PRO, CloudBerry Explorer PRO for Google Storage

How to get it  : Fill This online form 

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CodeValue

Product: OzCode - Visual Studio debugging extension for C#

Description: OzCode is a Visual Studio Extension which cuts down on debugging time and increases productivity by detecting and isolating bugs, making them easy to fix. Among other features, OzCode allows to search for properties, compare objects, evaluate expressions and create trace points - all leading to a fast and productive debugging session.

How to get it  : http://www.oz-code.com/Purchase/MVP

Fill the inline form and submit. Your free license will be sent directly to you.

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DigiCert

Product: SSL certificates

Description: DigiCert gives free SSL certificates to Microsoft MVPs and Microsoft Employees for testing and personal use.

How to get it  : Fill this online form

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elmah.io

Product: Error logger for .NET web applications

Description : Cloud based error logger for .NET web applications. Based on the de-facto standard error component ELMAH, logging errors from your webserver requires nothing more than installing a NuGet package.

How to get it  : https://elmah.io/pricing/

Go to the bottom of the page where you will see a section "Free for MVPs"

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eset

Product : ESET tools

Description: ESET File Security for Microsoft Windows Server, ESET Endpoint Security, ESET Mail Security for Microsoft Exchange Server, ESET Mobile Security for Android, ESET Security for Microsoft SharePoint Server

How to get it  : Full instruction and form

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FMS, Inc.

Products : Any of our 12 Microsoft Access and VBA/Visual Basic 6 (VB6) related products:

Total Access Admin, Total Access Components, Total Access Emailer, Total Access Speller, Total Access Statistics, Total Visual CodeTools, 

Description : Led by Microsoft Access MVP, Luke Chung, FMS is the world's leading provider of Microsoft Access related products addressing the needs of end-users, developers, database administrators, system administrators, quality assurance/testing, and other needs in the life cycle of creating, enhancing, maintaining, and backing up Microsoft Access solutions. Our code related products and source code libraries work with Office/Access/Excel VBA and Visual Basic 6.0.

How to get it : Contact us at fms@fmsinc.com with your contact info and MVP profile link. To start, we offer any two of our products for free. If you provide any feedback (including negative feedback which we crave) or compelling need, we'll be happy to provide more. Please mention what version of Office/Access you use since some products are version specific. 

We also created Sentinel Visualizer, a data analytic, link analysis product for law enforcement and counter-terrorism. That's not part of our standard offer to MVPs, but if you are interested, we can make arrangements for you.

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getseq

Product: Structured Event Server

Description: Team Edition license for the Seq .NET Structured Event Server

How to get it  : https://getseq.net/

Contact the support team via the email: support (at) getseq.net

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Infragistics

Product: Infragistics Ultimate license

Description: unrestricted access to the entire Infragistics library, including all of .NET platforms, Xamarin.Forms controls, and prototyping tool, Indigo Studio.

How to get it  : Instruction

contact Craig Shoemaker at cshoemaker[at]infragistics.com for any details regarding the MVP program. You can post an email with the subject: "I'm a Microsoft MVP!". Add your MVP profile and you are good to go.

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JetBrains

Products: All Products Pack - including Rider, ReSharper Ultimate (including ReSharper, ReSharper C++, dotCover, dotTrace, dotMemory), WebStorm, and many more

Description:

  • Rider is a cross-platform .NET IDE that lets you edit, refactor, test, run and debug .NET Framework, ASP.NET, .NET Core, Xamarin or Unity applications on Windows, Mac, or Linux. 2000+ live code inspections, hundreds of refactorings, rich coding assistance in C#, JavaScript, XAML and other languages.
  • ReSharper is a popular Visual Studio extension for .NET and web developers that provides live code inspections, quick-fixes, local and global refactorings, code generation, coding assistance, code style compliance, navigation, unit testing and internationalization features. ReSharper supports a wide range of languages used in .NET development, including C#, VB.NET, JavaScript, TypeScript, HTML, CSS, XML, XAML, and the ASP.NET Razor view engine.
  • dotTrace is a .NET performance profiler. It helps you detect performance bottlenecks in a variety of .NET and .NET Core applications: WPF and Universal Windows Platform, ASP.NET, Windows and WCF services, Silverlight and unit tests.
  • dotMemory is a .NET memory profiler. It allows you to analyze memory usage in a variety of .NET and .NET Core applications: desktop applications, Windows services, ASP.NET web applications, IIS, IIS Express, arbitrary .NET processes, and more.
  • dotCover is a .NET code coverage and continuous testing tool integrated into Visual Studio.
  • ReSharper C++ makes Visual Studio a better IDE for C++ developers, providing on-the-fly code analysis, quick-fixes, powerful search and navigation, smart code completion, refactorings, a variety of code generation options and other features to help increase your everyday productivity.
  • WebStorm brings you smart coding assistance for JavaScript and compiled-to-JavaScript languages, Node.js, HTML and CSS. Enjoy code completion, powerful navigation features, on-the-fly error detection, and refactorings for all of these languages.
  • Many more! Find them all on www.jetbrains.com

How to get it  : Follow instructions outlined here

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JiJi Technologies

Product : Apps4.Pro Planner Outlook Sync, GingerEx Office 365 Admin, GingerEX Office 365 Auditor

Description

  • Apps4.Pro Planner Outlook Sync -  Integrates Tasks created in Office 365 Planner with Outlook tasks and calendar.
  • GingerEx Office 365 Admin - Simple tool to pull reports and manage Office 365 licenses, user properties, mailboxes, Office 365 Groups and Office 365 Video.
  • GingerEx Office 365 Auditor - Audits Azure AD, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Office 365 Video and OneDrive for Business

How to get it : Fill This online form

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KEMP Loadmasters

Product : KEMP Loadmaster! 

Description: NFR license for a VLM-5000. Delivering 5000 Mbps of throughput and 10,000 SSL TPS, the VLM-5000 won’t fall down even in demanding enterprise application and e-commerce web deployments. Max 5000 Mbps Throughput* SSL Transactions Per/Second (TPS): 10,000 Supports Up to 1,000 Virtual IPs (VIP) and 1,000 Real IPs (RIP).

How to get it  : Full Instructions to apply for a NFR License

Step 1) Install and license your VLM with your KEMP ID.
Step 2) Complete the form below to receive your complimentary NFR license

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LinkedIn Learning Community Program

Product: The MVP Award program and LinkedIn Learning team have partnered up to make learning that much better! As a Microsoft MVP you now can enroll for membership in the LinkedIn Learning Community Program. Whether you are a Developer or IT Pro, this offering will provide you tremendous value unlocking a number of premium LinkedIn features for you to utilize and support your communities.

Description:

In partnership with the LinkedIn team, we have made the claim and activation process simple for you. To get enrolled, simple click the enrollment link below and provide the following information:

  • Your MVP ID
  • Your LinkedIn Account primary email
  • Your LinkedIn profile URL

How to get it  : Fill this form

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Liquid Technologies

Product: Liquid XML Studio, Liquid Data Mapper, Liquid XML Data Binder (all products).

Description:

How to get it  : Fill this form

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Metalogix

Product : All Products within our SharePoint and Exchange Portfolio

Description:

  • Archive Manager - Automatically archive, manage and secure all your organization’s email & files.
  • Content Matrix - SharePoint, OneDrive, File-Share, Blog & Wiki (and more) Migration from any version of SharePoint to SharePoint 201, 2013, 2016 & Office 365.
  • ControlPoint w/ Sensitive Content Manager - Identify sensitive content and enforce its governance, on-top of automating day-to-day security and SharePoint administration
  • Diagnostic Manager - A purpose-built SharePoint on-prem and online monitoring solution designed for SharePoint Administrators.
  • Migration Expert - A complete assessment of your source SharePoint environment that will help guide your migration project.
  • Replicator - The most complete content synchronization tool to connect all of these local systems together across the world.
  • StoragePoint - Optimize SharePoint Storage with the Industry’s Leading Remote Blob Storage (RBS) Solution

How to get it  : Fill this online form

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MyGet

Product : NuGet,, npm, Bower and VSIX feeds.

Description: host your own NuGet, symbols, npm, Bower and VSIX feeds.

How to get it  : Fill this online form

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msmvps.com

Product: Blog hosting

Description: WordPress blog hosting

How to get it  : http://blogs.msmvps.com/

Email barb(at)msmvps.com or Susan(at)msmvps.com. If you are active MVP then include a link to your MVP profile. If you was MVP in the past, then add some online link that can verify you were once an MVP. Supply the name you want for the title of your blog.

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NCover

Product: NCover Desktop

Description: NCover Desktop is an essential tool in helping developers find where they can improve their tests, and their code, as early in the development cycle as possible. Effective tests are critical for delivering high quality code, reducing risks and maintenance costs, and increasing customer satisfaction. NCover is the first step in ensuring your code is thoroughly tested. Catch code problems at the individual level before they become team, project, or customer problems.

How to get it  : Fill this online form

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pluralsight

Product: tech and creative training for professionals.

Description: Pluralsight is the leading online provider of tech and creative training for professionals. Learn more about how we prepare individuals for the most in demand and understaffed jobs of today and give businesses an edge by making teams more efficient.

How to get it  : Full instruction in this link,

The link to the form might change. use this link to get the form URL.

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red-gate

Product: Free NFR licenses for all products

Description: <Product Description>

How to get it  : http://www.red-gate.com/community/

To claim licences, email mvp@red-gate.com with your name, contact number, and address, plus a link to your MVP profile and the details of the tools you're interested in.

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RoyalApplications.com

Product: Royal TS/X and Royal Server

Description: Royal TS/X is a cross platform remote management tool supporting RDP, VNC, SSH, Telnet, Web, PowerShell, Event Log, Windows Services and many more. There's also an iOS and Android companion app. Featuring advanced credential management and task automation (using command tasks and key sequence tasks). Royal Server provides access to management tasks from OS X and mobile platforms and also a secure gateway (SSH based) to the internal infrastructure for RDP, VNC and SSH.

How to get it  : Fill this online form 

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SCOOSP

Product: Orchestrator

Description: SCOOSP stands for System Center Orchestrator Self Service Portal. SCOOSP is a Webportal where you can provide your Runbooks as a Service for your Users

How to get it  : Fill this online form

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Syncfusion

Product: ESSENTIAL STUDIO

Description: controls and frameworks for web, desktop and mobile development. The most comprehensive suite of components available for .NET, Javascript, iOS, Android and Xamarin, including grids, diagrams, schedules, gantt controls, maps, gauges, docking, ribbons and much more. end-to-end solutions for Big Data, Reporting and Dashboards.

How to get it  : instructions and description

You need to fill out the contact form or e-mail the following information: Your full name, Proof of your contribution to the Microsoft Office community. Proof of your Microsoft MVP status, or a well-known online contributor status if applicable.

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Synergy Si, Inc.

Product : Sharing your mouse and keyboard

Description: Synergy combines your desktop devices together in to one cohesive experience. It's software for sharing your mouse and keyboard between multiple computers on your desk. It works on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

How to get it  : Fill this online form

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SysKit

Product: any product offered by SysKit!

Description: SysKit is a software development company focused on creating high-quality enterprise monitoring and administration solutions for SharePoint, Office 365, Windows Servers, Remote Desktop Services, and Citrix environments. Our products are used by administrators and consultants all over the world and help them simplify server administration.

How to get it : https://www.syskit.com/company/contact-us/

In order to establish an MVP account with SysKit, you will need to email a scan of your current MVP card and a link to your MVP profile.

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TechSmith

Product: Snagit, Camtasia Studio, and/or, Camtasia for Mac.

Description:

  • Snagit Image & Video Screen Capture Software
  • Camtasia Studio and Camtasia for Mac Screen Recording & Video Editing Software

How to get it  : Fill this form

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Telerik

Product: DEVCRAFT COMPLETE EDITION, TELERIK PLATFORM BUSINESS SUBSCRIPTION, TEST STUDIO ULTIMATE PERPETUAL LICENSE

Description:

  •  DevCraft Complete comes with UI libraries for every .NET platform – for web, mobile or desktop applications. 
  • Telerik Platform is an end-to-end modular platform for mobile development, that integrates a rich set of UI tools with powerful cloud services, for every stage of your application lifecycle – all in one place.
  • Test Studio is an innovative automated testing solution for a wide range of technologies for you to easily test desktop, web and mobile applications, and achieve seamless team collaboration.

How to get it  : Fill the online form

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The UC Guys

Product: Software and Tools for Microsoft UC Solutions

Description: The UC Guys build software for Microsoft Unified Communications solutions, and provide free software licences to Microsoft MVP’s.

How to get it: Fill this online form

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Typemock

Product: Typemock unit testing

Description: <Product Description>

How to get it  : http://www.typemock.com/mvp

Send email to mvp@typemock.com with the subject: MVP.  add the following details: Full name, your MVP profile, product you would like a license for. You can use the form in the link above instead of email.

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Veeam Software

Product : Veeam Availability Suite (a combination of Veeam Backup & Replication™ and Veeam ONE™)

Description: Veeam® Backup & Replication™ is a powerful, easy-to-use and affordable backup and Availability solution. It provides fast, flexible and reliable recovery of virtualized applications and data bringing virtual machine backup and replication together in a single software solution with award-winning support for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V virtual environments. Veeam® ONE™ is a powerful monitoring, reporting and capacity planning tool for the Veeam backup infrastructure and VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V virtual environments. It helps enable Availability for the Always-On Enterprise™ by providing complete visibility of the IT environment to detect issues before they have operational impact.

How to get it  : Fill this online form

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visualsvn

Product: VISUALSVN

Description: plug-in that integrates Subversion seamlessly with Visual Studio.

How to get it  : Fill this online form

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Windocks

Product: WINDOCKS

Description: Docker SQL Server containers and database cloning, for delivery to all SQL Server targets.

How to get it  : Email support@windocks.com, and include a link to your MVP profile.

Fill this online form

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xamlspy

Product: XAML Spy

Description: Real-time view of your app's state. Examine and modify the properties of any element on-the-fly and see the changes reflected immediately in the running app.

How to get it  : Instructions / Contact form

send a message using the Contact form providing your RD details or MVP Profile.

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How to add another free tools or services to the list

In order to keep this article update and useful, please keep these rules!

  • Important! before you publish new link, you must make sure that the company authorize their offers to be public published, or that it is already public published for example by a form in their website.
  • Do not add any link which you didn't personally checked and confirmed!

    In time companies changes their policies, links might be changes, and old email boxes might be irrelevant anymore. Please check each link and information that you add to this article.

  • Please keep the same format. copy the section from the template, and fill it above if there is no empty space.

 

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Tips for companies that want to provide free tools and services to MVPs.

We appreciate and thank you for your willing to provide free tools and services to Microsoft MVPs, and we are hoping that this section will give some helpful tips. If you have anything to add to this section, then you are welcome to edit the article and add tips.

  • It is HIGHLY recommended to have a unique page in your website, with the relevant information, and contact form.
    • This can clarify the procedure to get the licence
    • It might give you some benefit. This is a good place to post messages or to tell a little about yourself. People will love to publish this link and you can add it to this article.
  • What Information do you need, in order to confirm that the person who contacted you is really an MVP?
    • MVP Profile URL - This is the main and for most cases can be the only information that you need. The MVP profile includes full name and personal information.
    • Confirm email box -  There is option to choose to show email on the MVP profile, but obviously most people do not want to publish their email on public. It is recommended not to ask this as a requirement, or at least give another option to confirm the email. 
      • There is an option to make the email in the MVP profile available only for other MVPs. A good solution is to ask the MVP to do this, and you can confirm his email in the profile by using the help of another MVP. Most companies that provides free tools and services have at least one MVP employee or familiar with one (if you need help in this please add a comment to this article and one of the MVPs will be happy to provide you this service).

 

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Resources and more information

  • A listing of tools and services that are made freely available to Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs), by Nik Molnar & Anthony van der Hoorn & Xavier Decoster. http://xavierdecoster.github.io/mvpperks/
  • Most Valuable Professional website. In this website anyone can get public information regarding What is the MVP Award, who are the MVPs, and How to become an MVP. MVPs can edit their profiles, which can be seen in public or only by Microsoft team. https://mvp.microsoft.com/

 

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