Microsoft today announced WebsiteSpark, the latest addition to its growing Spark family, along with the release of Web Platform 2.0.
WebsiteSpark continues along the same lines as its counterparts, offering free software this time to “professional Web development and design companies with up to 10 employees and owners” Microsoft says.
“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 in a press release today.
“WebsiteSpark makes Microsoft’s Web development tools and support more accessible to developers and designers at small companies as they create inventive applications for the Web. Our third Spark program, WebsiteSpark furthers our commitment to ignite innovation among key communities and individuals.”
If you are lucky enough to match all required criteria, you can score yourself licences for Visual Studio 2008, Expression Studio 3 and Expression Web 3, production licences for Windows Server 2008 R2 and some handy technical support assistance.
The release of the final version of the Web platform installer, 2.0, brings easy one click installation to numerous applications which run on both ASP and PHP, along with new downloads such as IIS Media Services and the Windows Azure software development kit (SDK).