Just in case anyone intends to use Microsoft software, including development tools, operating systems, and Office, here's a great, FREE offer for any startup:
The following promotion is for Startups looking to incorporate Microsoft Technologies into their business. Please be aware that open enrollment is available over the next five days only (June 30). Microsoft has created the Bizspark program to enable people like you who are intent on creating new products and are looking for support to aid you in taking your success further. In summary, BizSpark provides free software, support, and visibility to help startups succeed. If you are interested but do not have an officially registered company, you can create a Windows App Store publisher name. The benefits include access to pretty much every Microsoft Software available since Windows 3.1 up to current. Also, you can get FREE web and VM hosting on Azure at a monthly cap of $150 / month for 3 years. Best of all, the program cost is FREE! For more information, go to http://1drv.ms/1lds8H....
1. The service requires a Microsoft ID (aka Live ID), which can be created at http://signup.live.co..., if you don't have one already.
2. Once you have a Microsoft ID, use the pre-authorization link below, for expedited approval, which expires on June 30, 2014 (yes, in 5 days).
3. Activate your Azure subscription after you activate your Bizspark benefits using your Microsoft ID.
Edited by Patrick Wolf on Jun 25, 2014 4:14 PM