25 September 2009

Microsoft Announces “WebsiteSpark”

Up until yesterday, Microsoft had two “Spark” programs:

  1. BizSpark – a program for startup businesses
  2. DreamSpark – a program for students

Yesterday, Scott Guthrie announced on his blog the new WebsiteSpark program.  This program is geared toward independent web developers as well as web development companies.  Here is a list of what’s provided with this program:

  • 3 licenses of Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition
  • 1 license of Expression Studio 3 (which includes Expression Blend, Sketchflow, and Web)
  • 2 licenses of Expression Web 3
  • 4 processor licenses of Windows Web Server 2008 R2
  • 4 processor licenses of SQL Server 2008 Web Edition
  • DotNetPanel control panel (enabling easy remote/hosted management of your servers)

Like the other Microsoft “Spark” programs, these licenses are available for use for a total of three years without any cost.  There is, however, an exit cost of $100 once the three years have elapsed.

The only requirements for joining the program are:

  1. Your company builds web sites and web application on behalf of others.
  2. Your company currently has less than 10 employees.

For full details, check out the Scott’s post and the WebsiteSpark site.