You may have been hearing things around the web about Microsoft giving SharePoint designer away.
I recently did a session on SharePoint at TechFuse 2009 and in one of the sessions a Microsoft employee made a statement that it is true. The person did not give a release date, but it sounded like it would happen during the middle part of this year.
This is great news. This will allow organizations who run SharePoint the ability to customize extensively their SharePoint site and get the most value out of the overall product. It was also stated that if an organization already bought SharePoint Designer, they will be reimbursed for the cost. They should contact their software vendor for details when this offer is released.
All I can say is Hallelujah!!
More to come.