Pender's Blog

Blog archive

Microsoft Wants To Make BizSpark Fly

It's a tough time to be...well, anything in business right now, it seems. But it's a really tough time to be a startup business, what with credit markets still tight and so forth. But there's some hope for those companies trying to get a technology infrastructure up and running, and it's coming from Microsoft.

BizSpark is a program through which Microsoft is providing lots of technology and services with no up-front costs to companies that are fewer than three years old and earn less than $1 million per year in revenue. It's a shot over the bow of open source for Redmond, which has at times in the past had trouble convincing small companies that the total cost of ownership for Microsoft technology is less than that of open source.

Well, nothing's cheaper than free, and free is the initial price tag that BizSpark carries. Of course, the idea is to get small and emerging firms hooked on Microsoft by offering something free up-front -- not exactly a novel concept, but historically a pretty effective one in lots of different markets. The timing of it seems pretty good, too, and BizSpark will also include reasonable credit terms for when money does inevitably change hands.

Windows Azure is, or can be, prominently involved in the plan, and hosting partners will also have a role as providers of low-cost hosting to BizSpark customers. And if BizSpark does start a fire that burns open source, the entire Microsoft partner community could end up benefiting from the introduction of a new generation of small companies into the Microsoft fold. That could end up providing a little relief for everybody.

Are you participating in BizSpark? If so, how? Tell us at lpender@rcpmag.com.

Posted by Lee Pender on 11/06/2008 at 1:22 PM


Featured

  • First Chromium-Based Edge Browser Beta Release Now Available

    Microsoft Edge Insider Program participants now have access to the Beta Channel release of Microsoft's Chromium-based Edge Web browser on the Windows and Mac platforms.

  • Microsoft Planning To Answer Windows Virtual Desktop Questions Next Week

    Microsoft has set aside time to answer questions about its emerging Windows Virtual Desktop service on Wednesday of next week, according to an announcement.

  • With EPYC Rome Chips, AMD Could Eclipse Intel in Datacenter

    AMD's high-profile EPYC 7002 launch has datacenter analysts wondering if the end of Intel's long reign is nigh.

  • Microsoft Buys jClarity for Azure-Based Java Workloads

    In a bid to support its "continued contributions to open source while driving increased performance for Java workloads on Azure," Microsoft on Monday announced its acquisition of jClarity.

comments powered by Disqus

Office 365 Watch

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.