Back it up before anyone knows: SharePoint Designer is free

April 2, 2009

You must have seen it on a number of blogs already, starting with Mark Rackley’s “SharePoint Designer – a definite maybe” post last Sunday: SharePoint Designer is now free for anyone to download and use. See official details from Microsoft and the download link in a Letter to SharePoint Designer customers.

Well… Enough said by Marc and in Joel’s response: I highly recommend reading both posts. Although they seem to disagree on some details, bottom line of both posts is the same: SharePoint Designer is a powerful and very handy tool if you know what you’re doing. Otherwise it can be disastrous. So… if you don’t lock down SPD use in your farms, make sure you have a good backup before your users start playing with it!

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