[colibri] [Fwd: Microsoft offers free software to start-ups]
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Jue Nov 6 06:24:03 COT 2008
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5:32PM, Wednesday 5th November 2008
Microsoft is offering software start-ups free software for three
years, *as it moves to counter the growing threat of open source*.
The program, dubbed BizSpark, targets early stage start-ups which have
been operating for less than three years and have revenues under $1 million.
Companies have to be recommended through a Microsoft partner
but once in they're granted access to technology such as SQL Server
Enterprise and Windows Server 2008, as well as free marketing and
Once the three years end these businesses will either be able to switch
to other software, or sign up to a Microsoft licensing program to
continue using the technology.
The benefits for Microsoft are obvious. It allows the Redmond giant to
lock companies into its software early, creating new customers when the
three-year period ends.
BizSpark also reduces the threat that new companies will follow the
increasingly attractive open-source option.
"The cost of software is a significant investment even for a
well-established company... a program like this erases the biggest
barrier between a true enterprise software suite like Microsoft offers,
versus an open source or other technology," says Nick Ganju, CTO of
ZocDoc, one of the start-ups rolled out by Microsoft at the launc
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