Free Software – No Really
I was reading one of my daily idea generators from a social media blog called Mashable, and between some of the great stories it includes I found an advertisement for something called BizSpark.
I’m not sure why, but I clicked through to see what it was and found an absolutely fantastic new service from Microsoft . . . of all people.
Part of a larger Start Up Support program from Microsoft, BizSpark, provides FREE software development software to startups and businesses that earn less than $1 Million a year.
You can get all of this software for free:
Team Suite (VSTS) with MSDN® Premium subscription
- Microsoft Windows Server® (all editions up to and including Enterprise)
- Microsoft SQL Server® (all editions)
- Microsoft Office SharePoint® Portal Server
- Microsoft System Center
- Microsoft BizTalk® Server
- Microsoft Dynamics® CRM (coming soon)
In addition to the core program offering, BizSpark startups will be eligible for other Microsoft offerings, such as:
- Microsoft Azure™ Services Platform
This new program gives startup businesses access to the software they need to build their business. Talk about a Business Stimulus Plan!
It it amazing what you can find on the web. Perhaps not as alluring as a photo of Amanda Peet, but is she giving away software?
No she is not! 😉