I'm a geekette who enjoys playing with new technology for software developers. I work as a Developer Evangelist for Microsoft. My current focus is on Windows Store development for Windows 8.
Did you know that Microsoft has a number of programs to provide free or low-cost software to students, startups, and small businesses? Not a lot of people seem to know about these programs, and they are a great opportunity!
DreamSpark – this program is for students. You receive access to free software and training. Just join, get verified as a student, and download and install your software! This includes Visual Studio, SQL Server, Expression Studio, XNA Game Studio, and Windows Server.
BizSpark – this program is for software development startups that have been in business for less than 3 years with under $1 million in revenue. You receive access to software, support, and visibility. At the end of the program, you pay only $100 for up to three years of participation in the program!
WebsiteSpark – this program is for companies with 10 or fewer employees who provide services, support, and hosting to businesses that develop web sites and applications. You receive Windows Web Server and SQL Server Web Edition at no cost to host new websites, as well as software to develop sites. Like BizSpark, you pay only $100 for up to three years of participation in the program!
Check them out!