We are a small company started a year ago. Our first planned product is a spa management software and we are tending to develop it as an ERP for both service and sales oriented businesses. But soon we realized that the software cannot be done with Visual Studio Express. So we are thinking of applying for Microsoft BizSpark program. So, my questions are,
If you are predominantly using Microsoft products, then BizSpark is a great program.
There is no requirement for you to pay anything at the end of the three years, you get to use the software for free, and you get $150 per month to spend on Azure.
It is not necessary to go through a partner; I was accepted into the program two weeks ago by submitting my details myself.