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Even though Microsoft's Windows Vista has only been release for a short time, there are already some free additions from Microsoft.
Verbatim from Blake Handler's Blog (The Road to Know Where):

WINDOWS VISTA GOODIES

Experience Pack includes four programs that provide unique functionality and fun to enhance your experience using a Tablet PC.
    • Equation Writer - Easily add mathematical expressions to your papers. Handwrite a math equation, and then convert it into a neatly typewritten image to paste into a report or a presentation.
    • Media Transfer - Copy or stream media files from your home computer to your Tablet PC, so that you can enjoy your favorite music, videos, or pictures wherever you go.
    • Ink Crossword - Solve crosswords on your Tablet PC using your tablet pen. Twelve puzzles come with Ink Crossword. You can also download a free daily puzzle and purchase more puzzle packs online.
    • Ink Flash Cards - Create flash cards to help you learn facts or study for an exam. Handwrite a question on the front of a card and put an answer on the back. Draw, insert graphics, and add text, too.
Feeds Plus is an Internet Explorer 7 add-on that makes your feed reading experience easy and efficient. You can read your feeds in a combined view (aggregate feeds) and get pop-up notifications when there are new items to read. (Written by Microsoft's RSS Team)
Ink Desktop - Take notes and refer back to them at anytime using Ink Desktop on a Tablet PC. Ink Desktop is like having a portable dry-erase board on your screen all of the time. Whenever you want, you can jot down a phone number, directions, or top priorities for the day. And, for added fun and functionality, don’t forget to download Microsoft Experience Pack for Windows Vista, which contains four programs that provide unique functionality and fun to enhance your experience using a Tablet PC.
New Zealand Bliss Desktop Backgrounds & Wallpaper
Origami Experience Pack contains three programs for an Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC)
    • Origami Experience - Access your music, videos, pictures, and favorite programs.
    • Touch Settings - Easily view and interact with the touch screen on a UMPC.
    • Sudoku - Play this popular game using a touch screen.
Sudoku Game
Virtual Earth 3D can search, browse, and organize local information viewed in three dimensions, just the way it exists in the real world.
Vista Wallpapers by Hamad Darwish XML Notepad 2007 provides browsing and editing XML documents. (Support: Design Doc)
UTILITIES

Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) contains the necessary tools and documentation to evaluate and mitigate application compatibility issues before deploying Microsoft Windows Vista, a Windows Update, or a new version of Windows Internet Explorer in your environment.
Baseline Security Analyzer includes a graphical and command line interface that can perform local or remote scans of Windows systems. MBSA will scan for common security misconfigurations in the following products: Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003, IIS 5.0 & 6.0, SQL Server 7.0 & 2000, MSIE 5.01 and later, and Office 2000, 2002 & 2003. MBSA also scans for missing security updates, update rollups and service packs published to Microsoft Update. (Support: MBSA Homepage & Visio Connector Tool for MBSA)
Group Policy Log View is a utility you use to export Group Policy event data from the system and operational log into a text, HTML, or XML file.
Keyboard Layout Creator allows users to create or modify keyboard layouts.
Network Monitor is a protocol analysis tool (x86 & x64) allowing you to capture, view and analyze network traffic. (Support: NetMon Team Blog)
OpenType Font File Properties Extension adds several new property tabs to the fonts properties dialog box (i.e. font name, origination, copyright, and extended character set code pages).
Process Explorer shows you information in two sub-windows, about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded. The top window always shows a list of the currently active processes, including the names of their owning accounts, whereas the information displayed in the bottom window depends on the mode that Process Explorer is in: if it is in handle mode you'll see the handles that the process selected in the top window has opened; if Process Explorer is in DLL mode you'll see the DLLs and memory-mapped files that the process has loaded.
Release Notes provide important information on deploying and using the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system, including known issues. Familiarize yourself with all of the known issues listed here prior to installing the software.
Snip IT can email selected text in Internet Explorer using your default (Google Gmail, Microsoft Hotmail & Outlook and Yahoo Mail) email client.
User State Migration Tool (USMT) migrates user files and settings during deployments of Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Vista. USMT captures files and settings from the source computer and then migrates them to a new Windows installation.
Virtual PC 2007 can create and run one or more virtual machines, each with its own operating system, on a single computer. This provides you with the flexibility to use different operating systems on one physical computer.
Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK) is designed to help corporate IT professionals customize and deploy the Microsoft Windows Vista family of operation systems. By using Windows AIK, you can perform unattended Windows installations, capture Windows images with ImageX, and create Windows PE images.
Windows Mobile Device Center enables data synchronization between Windows Mobile-powered devices and Windows Vista & Windows Vista 64.
Windows Vista Hardware Assessment is a tool that will find computers on a network and perform a detailed inventory of the computers using Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI). Through use of the detailed inventory data, the tool will assess and report whether the computers can run Windows Vista, where to find drivers for devices on the computers, and provide recommendations for hardware upgrades, where appropriate.
Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor is designed to help Windows XP users identify whether their PCs are ready for an upgrade to Windows Vista, which edition of Windows Vista meets their needs, and which features of Windows Vista will be able to run on their PCs. ZoomIt is screen zoom and annotation tool for technical presentations that include application demonstrations.
SEARCH ADD-INS

Internet Explorer History Add-in indexes the history of the web pages you have browsed using Internet Explorer. (Support KB918998) UNC/FAT Protocol Handler Add-in indexes your shared network directories and FAT drive(s) allowing you to easily find your specific content. (Support KB918996)
MULTIMEDIA

Paint.Net originated as a Computer Science senior design project at Washington State University, and is still developed by the two alumni Rick Brewster and Tom Jackson who now work for Microsoft. Don't forget the Free Paint.Net Plug-Ins!
Photo Info allows photographers to add, change and delete common "metadata" properties for digital photographs from inside Windows Explorer. (Support: FAQ)
RAW Codecs enables you to handle RAW image files with the same ease as JPEG or TIFF images. (3rd Party)
    • Nikon (*.NEF: Nikon Electronic Format)
    • Olympus (ORF files)
    • Sony (SRF and SR2 files)
SECURITY & BACKUP

Easy Transfer enables you to automatically copy your files, photos, music, email, settings, and more to your new Windows Vista based PC. This makes it much easier to setup your new computer with all your personal data and settings." (Support: Companion Wizard)
SyncToy helps you copy, move, rename, and delete files between folders and computers quickly and easily.
Windows Live OneCare service has been upgraded to version 1.5 -- now supporting Windows Vista. Windows NT Backup - Restore Utility for restoring backups made on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 to computers running Windows Vista and Windows Server Codename "Longhorn"
HARDWARE

Fingerprint Reader - DigitalPersona Password Manager 2.0 (Support: How to . . .)
Keyboard - IntelliType 6.1 for Windows Vista and Windows Vista 64
Mouse & Trackball - IntelliPoint 6.1 for Windows Vista and Windows Vista 64 (Support: How to . . . )
Webcams - LifeCam for Windows Vista XBox 360 Controller & Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows Vista & Windows Vista 64 (Support: Documentation)
WINDOWS VISTA DEVELOPERS

DebugView lets you monitor debug output on your local system, or any computer on the network that you can reach via TCP/IP. It is capable of displaying both kernel-mode and Win32 debug output, so you don't need a debugger to catch the debug output your applications or device drivers generate, nor do you need to modify your applications or drivers to use non-standard debug output APIs.
Image Colorizer demonstrates how to write an application for colorizing digital photos using the inking support provided by Tablet PC APIs.
LUA Buglight is a tool to help both developers and IT Pros (sysadmins) identify the specific causes of admin-permissions issues (a.k.a. LUA bugs) in desktop applications. (Support: Aaron Maraosis' Blog)
PowerShell & PowerShell 64 is a new command-line shell and scripting language designed for system administration and automation. Built on the .NET Framework, Windows PowerShell allows IT professionals to manage computers via commands or scripts, improving productivity through system automation. (Support: Website)
Product Identification Tool creates a product signature for your installed application.
Robotics Studio is a Windows-based environment for academic, hobbyist and commercial developers to easily create robotics applications across a wide variety of hardware. This installation package installs the Microsoft Robotics Studio along with samples and tutorials.
SQL Server 2005 Express Edition is a free, easy-to-use, lightweight, and embeddable version of SQL Server 2005. Free to download, free to redistribute, free to embed, and easy for new developers to use immediately, SQL Server Express includes powerful features such as SQL Server Management Studio Express, for easily managing a database.
Visual Studio 2005 Express Editions. (Support: Visual Studio 2005 SDK)
Windows Media Center Software Development Kit (SDK) - Documentation, tools, and sample code for developing Windows Media Center applications and services.
    • Media Center Markup Language Preview Tool Launcher power toy provides a graphical user interface to craft the command line parameters which can be used with the Media Center Markup Language Preview Tool available with the Windows Media Center SDK.
Windows Movie Maker and Windows DVD Maker Software Developers Kit (SDK) helps you create and add your own custom special effects and transitions to Windows Movie Maker, and your own custom transitions, buttons, and menu styles to Windows DVD Maker. Windows Vista Software Developers Kit (SDK) includes documentation, samples, and tools designed to help you develop Windows applications and libraries using both Win32 and .NET Framework 3.0 technologies targeting Windows Vista. (Also available as an ISO Image)
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