Feeds

Microsoft woos startups with new BizSpark program

Terminal jive

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

Redmond is giving a select bunch of software startups thousands of dollars worth of development tools and server software at a big discount for up to three years.

Companies signing up to the deal won’t have to stump up a fee at the beginning of the agreement. However, they will be required to pay out $100 when they leave the program that Microsoft has dubbed BizSpark.

Fresh-faced firms building software-based products or services with less than $1m in their annual revenue piggy bank and that have been around no longer than three years can take part in the global program, MS said.

“Entrepreneurs play a vital role in driving innovation and creating the kinds of new jobs that are essential to sustainable economic growth,” said Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer, who no doubt has also been thinking about ways to lock-in small firms to the software giant’s platform.

“Microsoft BizSpark is an exciting way for us to help provide business startups with the development tools, advice and exposure they need,” he said.

Redmond will give startups participating in the program a three-year Microsoft Developer Network (MDSN) professional subscription where they can lay their hands on dev MS platform tools.

Hosted software startups will additionally qualify for full production access to Microsoft server products.

Big Silicon Valley players have, in recent months, been muscling in on what was once comfortable territory for Microsoft. That's a reality check for Ballmer and co which has forced them to offer tasty deals to startups that might just be eying up the competition a little too much these days. ®

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

More from The Register

next story
This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices
Redmond also brings Office into Google's back yard
Oh no, Joe: WinPhone users already griping over 8.1 mega-update
Hang on. Which bit of Developer Preview don't you understand?
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Half of Twitter's 'active users' are SILENT STALKERS
Nearly 50% have NEVER tweeted a word
Internet-of-stuff startup dumps NoSQL for ... SQL?
NoSQL taste great at first but lacks proper nutrients, says startup cloud whiz
Next Windows obsolescence panic is 450 days from … NOW!
The clock is ticking louder for Windows Server 2003 R2 users
Ditch the sync, paddle in the Streem: Upstart offers syncless sharing
Upload, delete and carry on sharing afterwards?
Microsoft TIER SMEAR changes app prices whether devs ask or not
Some go up, some go down, Redmond goes silent
Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS
Admins dab straining server brows in advance of Trusty Tahr's long-term support landing
prev story

Whitepapers

SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.