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April 17th, 2010, 07:31 PM #1Web 2.0 Software, Training & Support from Microsoft
I decided to put this information in the Web 2.0 Forum because the postcard I received has a big Web 2.0 on it
Microsoft has an excellent [almost free] program called WebsiteSpark.
You get FREE for 3 years: software, training & support.
At the end of 3 years there is a one time exit fee of $100.
Microsoft doesn't care about the -- they want your participation.
Microsoft is practically giving away this software:
# Design Tools/Development Tools/Testing Tools. Each Web Pro firm will be entitled to :
* Visual Studio® 2008 Professional Edition 3 user licenses
* Expression® Studio 2 (or 3) 1 user license, available only to the Primary Contact for the Web Pro
* Expression® Web 2 (or 3) 2 user licenses
* Windows Web Server® 2008 (or Windows Web Server 2008 R2 when available) 3 user licenses
* SQL Server® 2008 Web 3 user licenses
# Production and Deployment. If self-hosting, each Web Pro firm will be entitled to four processor production licenses each (requires enrollment in SPLA Essentials):
* Windows Web Server® 2008 (or Windows Web Server 2008 R2, when available)
* SQL Server® 2008 Web
Check it out [not an affiliate link]:
April 17th, 2010, 07:43 PM #2
- Join Date
- January 18th, 2005
I got the postcard too, and I haven't looked at the site, but anything with an "exit fee" scares me, especially one 3 years down the road when you have probably long forgotten about it.Deborah Carney
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April 17th, 2010, 07:48 PM #3
How would they enforce an exit fee three years later? Even if they require a CC now, it could be cancelled before three years have passed. Is Microsoft going to go around the country (world?) suing its users for $100 a pop?
April 17th, 2010, 08:05 PM #4
- Join Date
- January 18th, 2005
- jacked by sylon www.sylonddos.weebly.com
Expression Web 2 is a old version now. The new version is Expression Web 3 and that's what I use and it's a good program.
I use it mostly to work with php.
April 17th, 2010, 08:07 PM #5
The WebsiteSpark program has a one time fee and this is what Micosoft says about it:
Fee: There is no upfront cost for Web Pros to join WebsiteSpark or receive its benefits. A USD $100 Program Offering Fee is due when the Web development and design company exits the Program. Beyond this Program Offering Fee, there are no other costs required to participate in this Program.
April 17th, 2010, 08:08 PM #6
April 17th, 2010, 10:43 PM #7
On the program details page....
◦Visual Studio Professional Expression Studio 3
April 17th, 2010, 10:56 PM #8
What is the incentive to learn Microsoft Server when everything you have is Apache? Why would we mess with Microsoft, not that I am against them, when everything we use is open source like MySQL and PHP.
It looks like a great deal for someone not already set in his ways, but I don't want to change horses in mid stream.
April 17th, 2010, 11:01 PM #9
April 17th, 2010, 11:08 PM #10
April 17th, 2010, 11:13 PM #11
It looks like a good program for somebody
I thought I would mention it, it might be a good opportunity.
I don't think the offer is right for me but some people love programming languages/software and this is a chance for some training.
I thought I'd mention it and each member can decide for himself/herself whether or not to participate.
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