“We think Microsoft BizSpark addresses a fundamental challenge startups face: access to current, full-featured tools and technologies that help turn ideas into a thriving business,” said Suren Dutia, CEO of TiE Global, in a statement. “We will work closely with Microsoft to help startups bring their innovative solutions to market more quickly and effectively by providing educational programs, business mentoring and peer networking."
Sounds like a great idea to me. My business interests extend beyond just web applications and include Windows apps. So despite the Microsoft trolls affinity for LAMP, I will be taking a serious look at this. If not for anything but the MSDN subscription and development tools.