As Azure becomes more and more popular and I encounter more startups, I find myself doing this tutorial all the time and explaining it. Therefor, I have decided to write a blog article with pictures, to make my life (and yours) easier.
What is BizSpark
BizSpark is the best thing since sliced bread for a startup. It is literally every development tool and license that Microsoft has to offer for free for commercial purposes for 3 years. Not only that, but you get $150/month (as of this writing) in Azure for 3 years as well. As if it couldn’t get any better, you get access to reduced pricing on various products from Microsoft Partners. Microsoft being such a giant of a company, there are a TON of partners you get special pricing from. BizSpark also includes product licensing such as just your simple windows licenses, or visual studio licenses, and even SQL Server licenses. Its everything! Usually at this point I get the question, so what’s the catch? There is no catch! Microsoft wants you to use their tools and be successful with their tools so that when you become a giant company, you are using their tools and not a competitors. Therefor Microsoft gives these tools to high potential startups for free! If you think you qualify, apply or come to an event I attend (usually found on the events tab). You can also ping me on twitter @DavidCrook1988.