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In response to a post from an anonymous individual on one of my posts (http://geekswithblogs.net/OceanWanderer/archive/2011/09/26/microsoft-development-tools-are-free.aspx) regarding free Microsoft tools I thought a follow up post was required!

Anonymous, unfortunately you are mistaken; Websitespark is free and is open to individuals it truly provides all the possible tools & software that you could require to get started. If you read the program details on the Microsoft website (http://www.microsoft.com/web/websitespark/support.aspx?tab=ProgramDetails)

You will notice that individuals are catered for:

Individual: An individual that performs web-related development and/or design services for its current customers or plans to provide such services to its customers in the future. An Individual does not have his/her own company and/or does not work for a web design or development company.

Term: Eligible Web development and design Companies and/or Individuals can participate in WebsiteSpark for up to 3 years. On the first and second anniversary of initial enrollment, they must update their enrollment (e.g., confirm they haven't gone public and their ownership hasn't changed).

Fee: There is no cost for Web Pros to join WebsiteSpark or receive its benefits.

There is a validation/vetting process for applicants and if you are so intent on stealing Visual Studio there are far easier ways. In terms of what you receive, I have downloaded Visual Studio Professional and SQL Server 2008 so I am not too sure what more your require to build web apps? Below is a listing that will no doubt age very quickly however I included it for completeness to demonstrate what is available:

·         New Downloads (3)

o   Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview

o   Windows Developer Preview

o   Windows Server Developer Preview

·         Applications (1)

o   Patterns & Practices

·         Designer Tools (2)

o   Expression 3

o   Expression 4

·         Developer Tools (3)

o   Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview

o   Visual Studio 2008

o   Visual Studio 2010

·         Operating Systems (4)

o   Windows Developer Preview

o   Windows Server 2008

o   Windows Server 2008 R2

o   Windows Server Developer Preview

·         Servers (3)

o   SQL Server 2008

o   SQL Server 2008 R2

o   Windows MultiPoint Server 2011

·         Tools and Resources (2)

o   .NET Framework 4

o   Web Platform Installer

Thank you for the feedback I hope this clear up your confusion. Microsoft is doing a great thing by encouraging individuals to use their tools and I think the spirit of the initiative needs to be taken into account. As a final note a lot of Microsoft’s tools are completely free as part of their express edition programs, you may want to check those out as well.

Cheers

David

 

 

Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 10:21 AM | Back to top


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