Microsoft Rolls Out Web Developer Program

9/24/09

Microsoft has announced a new program for Web developers and small companies (with fewer than 10 employees) that build websites and Web applications for others. The program, called WebsiteSpark, follows in the footsteps of BizSpark for startups and DreamSpark for students. It offers free development software and support for three years, after which participants have to pay an exit fee or pony up for the software licenses. Microsoft’s program competes with free, open-source software from Linux, Apache, MySQL, and Python.

Gregory T. Huang is Xconomy's Deputy Editor, National IT Editor, and the Editor of Xconomy Boston. You can e-mail him at gthuang@xconomy.com. Follow @

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  • Namakket

    It doesn’t really compete with the Open-Source option because at some point you will have to pay for your use of the program. It is however a good idea to get the product in to the end users hands.