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Sign Up for BizSpark and Get a Free MSDN Account

If you are interested in doing any programming, or are a recent startup then you will want to pay close attention to this one. The Microsoft BizSpark program is designed for individuals and startups that want to develop applications for the web, Windows Phone, or Windows. This program is absolutely FREE, and they give you a free MSDN account for three years. The software in this account can be used to create development environments, testing labs, and even production use. Microsoft started this program a few years back to try to help reduce (or eliminate) the software costs of being a startup in this terrible economy.

Many people are very upset that the TechNet subscriptions are gone. Microsoft is really making up for that by providing this free program for three years.


What you will need:

  • Access to the internet.
  • A valid registered domain for your new startup.
  • A valid company email address and website for your startup. If you have a BizSpark Enrollment Code, then this can be completed at a later date.
  • A Microsoft Account (formerly known as Live ID). If you don’t already have one, you can sign up for a Microsoft Account at no cost.
  • BizSpark Enrollment Code (optional) from a Microsoft Event. This could save you days of approval time! For more about related Microsoft BizSpark events, visit BuildYourBiz.org.

Here’s how to get started:

  1. Login to http://aka.ms/gurubizspark with your Microsoft Account. If you already have a Microsoft Account (formerly known as Live ID) click either Login or Sign in to join BizSpark. If you don’t already have one, you can sign up for a Microsoft Account at no cost. Once logged in, click Join Now.
  2. Select your language and click on the Next button.
  3. Fill in all the fields about yourself and your startup company as accurately as possible. This information can be changed later. Make sure to use the Enrollment Code you received from a Microsoft BizSpark event. You may continue without an enrollment code, but this may add weeks to the approval process. An enrollment code will circumvent this vetting process making this process quick and painless.

    If you do not already have a website for your startup company, please enter the URL you expect to use for your company website. If you do not yet have a business email address, you may use your Microsoft Account email address.

    If you are not using an Enrollment Code, a valid website and company email address are required for the approval of your BizSpark account.
  4. Make sure to read, then check the checkbox to accept both the End User License Agreement and the BizSpark Startup Agreement.
  5. Congratulations, you’re done!! If you used an enrollment code in step #3, then you should be pre-approved and can access your MSDN subscription and other resources.

About the author

Robert Borges

About Robert...

I have been in the IT industry since 1993 focusing mainly in networking. Though I got an early start as an amateur computer enthusiast, and wrote my first database app at age 12, I started my professional career working in the MIS department of one of the largest liquor distributors in the northeast. I started out there as a systems operator on the company’s two mainframe systems. From there I moved into PC support, and help design and implement the company’s first client-server network… This was back in the days of Win NT 3.51. I also worked on my first migration to NT 4.0 back then.

From there I went on to work with Novell 3.x and 4.x along with Windows domains and active directory environments. Working my way up from technician, to specialist, to administrator, and eventually all the way up to Sr. Engineer. I spent many years working for consulting firms, 9 of which I owned and operated my own firm.
Over the years, I have worked with (at an expert level) various versions of: Windows client and server operating systems (including Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016); various virtualization technologies (Hyper-V, VMware, etc.); MS-SQL server 6.5- 2014 R2; Exchange 4-2016, and much more.

I am now vCIO at Spade Technology, Inc. focusing on Information Technology strategy including: cloud computing, IT Infrastructure & Architecture, IT Security, and Cloud Computing platforms & technologies (SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS).

Outside of my day job, I serve as president of the board of Boston User Groups, Inc., as well as IT-Pro User Group. In 2017/2018 Microsoft awarded me the Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) Award, with a focus of Microsoft Azure cloud, for my efforts in the IT community.

I am in a constant state of learning about new products, and new versions of products. Many of which we end up implementing in lab environments and sometimes for our clients. I have a very broad range of expertise and experience. It is my goal to share some of this experience on this blog to help enrich the IT community.

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  1. smack

    where i get Enrollment Code?

    1. Robert Borges

      You can get an enrollment code by attending the BuildYourBiz 2-day events being put on. To see a schedule check out http://www.buildyourbiz.org

  2. KARIM


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