Microsoft today announced a new program for small web development companies (less than 10 employees) called WebsiteSpark.  Similar to BizSpark, it offers free software for 3 years for companies who develop websites for others.  This software includes:

  • 4 processor licenses of Windows Web Server 2008 R2
  • 4 processor licenses of SQL Server 2008 Web Edition
  • DotNetPanel control panel (enabling easy remote/hosted management of your servers)
  • 3 licenses of Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition
  • 1 license of Expression Studio 3 (which includes Expression Blend, Sketchflow, and Web)
  • 2 licenses of Expression Web 3

That’s a nice tidy some of money these company’s will save.  My employers registered as a WebsiteSpark hosting partner today – that means customers of ours who are web developers can get free production licensing (Web Server and SQL Web Edition) for their hosting needs.  They also get the DotNetPanel control panel – devs like to use a control panel because they’re often not familiar with the ways of Windows/IIS management for backend website management.

Note that it’s Windows Web Server 2008 R2?  These folks are getting the very latest web platform to run on.  This is a 64bit platform offering support for up to 32GB of RAM, 4 CPU sockets, IIS7.5, and PowerShell 2.0.

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