WebsiteSpark – Free tools for Developing on Microsoft’s Technologies

WebsiteSpark is yet another attempt from Microsoft to engage the Web design and development community with Microsoft products. This is the third application in the ‘Spark’ series that aims to provide software, support and visibility for everyone. Similar to DreamSpeak, a program for students and BizSpeak a program for entrepreneurs, WebsiteSpeak aims at targeting Web design and development companies by offering free software, training and training.

Visit Microsoft's WebsiteSpark Homepage

Visit Microsoft's WebsiteSpark Homepage

To be eligible for this program, you must be a professional service firm that provides web services to clients with no more than 10 team members. Approved companies will receive the following software licenses for three years at no cost:

  • Visual Studio Professional
  • Expression Studio 2 or 3 and Expression Web
  • Windows Web Server 2008
  • SQL Server 2008 (Web Edition)

If you design and develop on Microsoft’s platform, then this is an excellent opportunity to grow and build your business.

Microsoft has been doing a lot these past months to get a share of the open source market and promote development on its platform. Does that indicate a downward trend in developing for Microsoft’s platform? Let us know your thoughts by posting to this thread or sharing your views on the Microsoft’s development platform on our forums.