Microsoft Small Basic

Even as the edifice of Windows collapses around them (Windows 8 is an utter disaster), Microsoft keep churning out little gems that are totally free.

Small Basic is one of them, a BASIC-style programming language that is easy to get to grips with and surprisingly powerful. I managed to write a program that uses Zeller’s algorithm to calculate the day of the week you were born on within 2 hours of downloading it for the first time. You can see it here.

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