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Friday, December 04, 2009

MS WebsiteSpark Program

Microsoft is has launched a rather, new programm namely WebsiteSpark.
WebsiteSpark is designed for independent web developers and web development companies that build web applications and web sites on behalf of others.  It enables you to get software, support and business resources from Microsoft at no cost for three years, and enables you to expand your business and build great web solutions using ASP.NET, Silverlight, SharePoint and PHP, and the open source applications built on top of them.
This program is somewhat reminiscent of MS Action Pack. It's free to sign up for 3 years, but there's a $100 "exit fee," so you can essentially figure your cost to be not free, but a deferred payment of $100. By signing up, you get licenses to the following:

• 3 licenses of Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition.
• 1 license of Expression Studio 3 (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.

An entry from September on Scott Guthrie's blog says that you'll be able to download the latest versions of the tools and that this will eventually include VS 2010. Not sure why it's currently 2008, but remember, this program operates in the massive bureaucracy of MS.

Anyway, seems to be a good deal for those who want the non Express tools and / or are looking for an inexpensive upgrade path to future versions.
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