It is not possible to legally download Microsoft Publisher for free. However, because Publisher is a part of Microsoft's Office suite, signing up for the free trial of Office allows the user to try Publisher for a month. A Microsoft account is required for the free trial.
As of 2015, subscription to the personal edition of Microsoft Office costs about $6 per month. In addition to Publisher, the suite includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Access. Alternatively, the Home & Student version is available as a one-time purchase at about $120.
Microsoft Publisher is an entry-level graphic design program that can design business cards, brochures, address labels and calendars. Publisher has a user-friendly interface and is easy to use. As such, it's ideal for small businesses. The application is available for both Windows and Mac OS X.