Recently, Microsoft announced their latest "Spark" program, specially designed for Web professionals known as WebsiteSpark. An all inclusive program which includes free leads for our customers, free software and support for the design and development of new Websites, and of course, discounts on licensing for hosting providers.
The fact that Microsoft will help drive sales leads to our customers is tremendous. Imagine a small Web design agency getting free leads from Microsoft's numerous demand generation efforts. Web agencies are then able to access the latest Microsoft tool set including Microsoft Expression Web and Studio, Visual Studio 2008, Windows Web Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008.
Hosting providers in the program, like NaviSite can then provide managed dedicated server and virtual servers with the latest Microsoft stack including Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008.
Now that the Web Platform from Microsoft is simplified with the Web Platform Installer 2.0 and has great support for both ASP.NET and PHP, there is a great chance that an increasing number of Websites will be hosted on a Windows server in our managed hosting data centers.
Eligible Web professionals can get nominated for WebsiteSpark by visiting Microsoft's Website or a Website Spark Hosting partner.