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When I open Sharepoint Designer 2010, I'm prompted to enter the site URL. The situtation is that I'm not really a Sharepoint Developer here and hence I don't have any access to sharepoint site(or have build any sharepoint site before). I wanted a demo site where I can learn sharepoint and its concepts.

Is there any demo site where one experiment upon to understand sharepoint better or at least see the controls and the basic code use in that site with the help of sharepoint?

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To learn more about SharePoint 2010 and to experiment with SharePoint Designer you can sign for Office365 trial and this includes SharePoint 2010 that can be used with SPD.

It is valid for 30 days. I doubt there is a free SharePoint 2010 hosting available anywhere.

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    Thanks Toni. I guess I have to setup a VHD of my own and try and experiment sharepoint there.
    – xorpower
    Commented Aug 8, 2012 at 13:08
  • Yup, and there is a VHD ready for that too: microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=27417 Commented Aug 8, 2012 at 13:11
  • Yeah! One of the biggest VHD ever! If I'm not wrong this VHD requires Windows Server 2008 R2. Isn't it?
    – xorpower
    Commented Aug 8, 2012 at 13:13
  • It might work with Server 2008, but I am not sure. Commented Aug 8, 2012 at 14:00

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