BizSpark is for startups who are developing software! So if that’s you, and you’ve been doing so for less than 5 years, made less than a million in revenue per year, have less than 10 employees and are privately owned then welcome to BizSpark!
The not so fine print: No contract or credit card needed. You graduate after 3 years & keep everything you’ve used, get discounts after graduation to keep getting new software and benefits.
Need some help understanding BizSpark? Maybe some guidance on signing up? Or accessing your benefits? The videos and how-to's below should get you going!
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Step by step instructions on how to access your free software benefits from MSDN via the Microsoft BizSpark program.
Step by step instructions on how to activate your free Windows Azure (cloud services) benefits from MSDN via the Microsoft BizSpark program.
I need Visual Studio, Office, Windows, etc.
With BizSpark you get an MSDN Ultimate Subscription. With that you get access to a ton of free software. Your MSDN Ultimate Subscription (as the name implies) is the best (and most expensive) subscription we have. Which you get for free for up to 8 developers on your startup’s team. Here’s a breakdown of what is included and if you are logged into msdn.microsoft.com here’s your list of available downloads.
I need to host a website
With your Windows Azure benefits that are included in BizSpark you can easily and quickly setup a website using .NET, PHP, node.js or use the Wizard to setup a site running Wordress, Drupal, Umbraco, .DotNetNuke, DasBLog and more! Your first step is to Active Your Azure Benefits (video, guide) then log into your portal. Read more about Websites on the Windows Azure Web Sites scenarios page.
I need a Windows/Unix server
With your Windows Azure benefits that are included in BizSpark you can set up a few virtual machines for free! We’ve got your Windows & Unix needs covered with Windows Server 2008 & 2012, Ubuntu, CentOS & SUSE which can all be easily and automatically deployed in minutes from the Virtual Machine gallery. Need a full stack or different OS? Check out vmdepot.msopentech.com a community driven catalog of preconfigured operation systems, applications and development stacks. For more information, head on over to the Virtual Machines Scenarios page for details, videos, resources & guides.
I need a cloud backend for my iOS/Android/Windows Phone/Windows 8 app
With your Windows Azure benefits that are included in BizSpark you can leverage Windows Azure Mobile Services. What is that you ask? Mobile Services is a set of turnkey backend solutions to power your mobile app, allowing you to accelerate your mobile app development. Add structured storage, user authentication and push notifications to your Windows Store, Windows Phone 8, Android or iOS app in minutes. Learn more about over at the Mobile Services page on Windows Azure.