Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) today announced the launching of BizSpark Plus, a new program to assist early-stage start ups. The new cooperation program is designed to promote use of Microsoft's cloud computing services. As part of the program, which is an expansion of the existing BizSpark program for start ups, companies can base their products on swift access to the Internet and benefit from the services of Microsoft's Azure environment. This is a powerful cloud-computing platform for hosting applications and the creation of web applications and services, which costs $60,000 for two years. However, BizSpark Plus offers free access to some of these programs and services.
Microsoft's efforts to make Azure accessible to start ups will encourage application developers to make use of the huge cloud computing environment of the program.
BizSpark Plus follows the BizSpark program for start ups. Microsoft reports that 45,000 start ups worldwide joined BizSpark including 500 start ups from Israel. The Israeli program is coordinated by Microsoft Israel business development manager and ISV group lead Raya Volinsky.
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