Microsoft today (Sept. 24) announced its WebsiteSpark Program. It’s an initiative to create a partner network and help enable business growth for professional Web development and design companies with up to 10 employees and owners.

In addition, the company announced the release of the Web Platform Installer 2.0 and the Windows Web Application Gallery 2.0.

As the latest initiative in the Spark family of programs, which includes Microsoft BizSpark and DreamSpark, Microsoft wants to provide additional support, tools, and resources to developers.

“Developers are the lifeblood of our business, and we are wholly committed to ensuring their success,” said Bob Muglia, president of Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business division.

The interested businesses, says Microsoft, can adopt the program for three years with no up-front cost. There is a $100 program offering fee, payable at exit, with no other costs or obligations. Once approved, these companies can have access to the following:

– Microsoft Web design and development tools, including three licenses of Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition, two licenses of Microsoft Expression Web 3 and one license of Microsoft Expression Studio 3
– Four processor licenses for production usage to Windows Web Server 2008 or R2 (when available) and four processor licenses for production usage to Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Web Edition
– A third-party Web site control panel (DotNetPanel)

Microsoft’s WebsiteSpark Program is now available worldwide. The details are at: http://www.microsoft.com/web/websitespark.

The Microsoft Web Platform Installer 2.0 can be downloaded at http://www.microsoft.com/web.

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About Rakesh Raman

Have extensive editorial, content management, and integrated communications experience and have worked as a senior tech journalist, analyst, and columnist with different newspapers, magazines, and Web/online properties in India.

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