TechEd 2014 is on, and I'm envious that I'm not in attendance. However, Telerik, purveyor of controls for application development, are giving away licenses for their Windows 8 and Windows Phone control packs over the duration of TechEd. I've gone through the claim process, the licenses are equivalent to the one-year subscription options, and apparently can be renewed or upgraded. Not only that, but Telerik are working on components for the new universal apps, and have stated that these new components will be added free of charge to the accounts of any who get the free tools this week!
This is a fabulous offering for those on the fence over trying the tools, and very timely for me as I was planning to purchase a Windows 8 pack. I save some money now, and just might be renewing later - many thanks to Telerik for the freebie. The generosity is much appreciated so I can get started on Windows 8 application development.