You may have heard of the Microsoft BizSpark and DreamSpark programs, which were aimed at small startups and the education community, respectively. Now there is a new program created specifically for small web development shops.
The Microsoft WebsiteSpark program offers visibility, support, and software at no upfront cost to web development and design firms with 10 or fewer employees. Software available through the program includes:
· Visual Studio Professional
· Expression Studio 2 or 3
· Windows Web Server 2008 or R2
· SQL Server 2008 Web Edition for development purposes
· Windows Web Server 2008 or R2 plus SQL Server 2008 Web Edition for production use
DotNetNuke Corp. is now a Network Partner in the WebsiteSpark Program. This means we can make it easier for you to join the program. If you are interested, start here. Click the “Yes, Sign me up!” button, then you will be prompted to accept a few Terms and Conditions, and register your company. Towards the end of the process, you are asked how you discovered the program. If you select “Acceleration Partner” from the pull down, you will be taken to a screen with a listing of Network Partners. Select DotNetNuke Corp. After a short validation period, if your organization meets the criteria, you will be added to the program.
I want to point out that DotNetNuke Corp. does not receive any consideration or compensation from Microsoft for referring companies to this program. We are just helping spread the word that there is a great, new way for smaller web design and development shops to get their hands on the latest versions of the Microsoft software stack for your development and testing needs with no upfront cost!