No such thing as stupid questions. .. Except if you don't ask you stay stupid.
Sometimes you just don't know what to look for when you are on a site. A company like Microsoft has such a gigantic web site that it is hard to know exactly what to look for when you are there.
For instance if you don't know they have a free trial until someone tells you, you would not know to look.
P.S. I just contacted MS via live chat. They do not offer any free trials. Who does then?
Microsoft does. See the link in Terry's reply. They have free trials for Autoroute and for Streets&Trips.
It is unfortunate but not unusual for staff who answer the phones at call centres to not know what they are talking about. We encounter this all the time. Garmin and other large companies are as bad as Microsoft for this.
That's the reason that web forums like this one are busy all the time.
P.P.S. $15 for this program at Amazon disappeared, a glitch or something? It's now "respectable" 40 bucks
It is not unusual for "deals" like that to sell out really fast on Amazon or eBay. It's almost always old stock. But that is very often all that the buyers need. The large roadways do not change very much from one year to the next. Sometimes an exit is added here and there. But for someone who stays on the main roads a map that is two or three years old is not a big problem, especially if it's really cheap.
In fact it might be much newer than the old paper map in the glove box that they have been using happily for the past 15 years.
I still carry paper maps in the car as backup. I'm embarrassed to admit that the newest one is nearly 5 years old. The rest are older. .... I'm not really sure why I think I need Garmin's lifetime map updates with quarterly updates for my Nuvi GPS.