There’s a new site for newbies to go to:
If you’re new to programming and looking to learn how to build Web or Windows applications, check it out!
And the best part I can tell about it so far is that you don’t need to register for the site with a passport to download the content. Just click and download the videos and/or PDFs of all the site content! Sweet! Now if only the MSDN folks would get their acts together and remove the registration requirements for watching/viewing ALL of the content on their site.
FYI, there are links to register on this site, however, that’s to register your use of Visual Studio Express so you can receive product updates. You don’t need to register for the content.