This is definitely the greatest gift (from Microsoft) to the web developer community. Whether you are a .NET developer or not, you surely won’t hold back on WebsiteSpark has to offer. This the the third “spark” program Microsoft has launched in recent years starting with BizSpark (for startups) in 2004 and DreamSpark (for students) was launched in 2008. OK, here is the deal:
- Your company gets everything from visibility to fully licensed web development tools.
- Tools include Microsoft Expression 3 Suite, SQL Server Web Edition, Windows Server 2008 (and 2008 R2 when it becomes available), Visual Studio Professional 2008 (and 2010 when it becomes available) and DotNetPanel.
and here is the catch:
- You/your company builds websites or web app for others.
- You/your company must have less than 10 employees.
- You/your company must deploy a new website/ web app developed using the tools provided by WebsiteSpark within 6 months of joining.
- WebsiteSpark is a 3 year program with a $100 program fee at the end of the three years.
Wait no more if you meet all these requirements. Sign up today! Now, you might ask: Why not BizSpark or DreamSpark? Well, BizSpark is a different program for different kind of people. BizSpark is for companies, ISVs or startups that make software, while WebSiteSpark is for companies that build websites for a living. So if your startup is a software company, go BizSpark else WebsiteSpark is for you or if you are a student, go for DreamSpark. Enjoy the spark!