Alright I do remember expressing my love for Open Source software a few days ago. Unlike any other company Microsoft accompanies your life. The first contact is made during your high school-classes learning the basics of the Office-package. During the college-years they give you everything you need for free through the MSDNAA-program. BTW: This beautiful acronym stands for Microsoft Developer Network – Academic Alliance. The relationship only becomes more intense when you decide to become a digital media planner. Excel galore! On two screens.
And even when you’re at home, thinking about installing Open Office on your own laptop to write the occasional phone-service-cencellation-letter they get you again: With the Microsoft Home Use Program (HUP!). But hey, you already know how to use it. It’s great stuff. I haven’t seen a blue screen in years. And since Windows Vista isn’t slowing down my system anymore I even feel good about using Windows (8 by now).
So now you’re starting your own company, want to be all cool and open source – finally! But no! There it is: Microsoft Bizspark. Giving your startup basically every office- and development-software for free. For the next three years. And guess who’ll switch to the paid version in 2016? Oh, and who needs a server? I do! Well don’t look any further. Microsoft gives you a few virtual machines on the Windows Azure-platform.
We all know where this is going. Our complete infrastructure caught in a Microsoft-world, too difficult to break out again. Well I don’t know about you, but I like free high quality stuff. And so far I got no regrets.
Well done, Microsoft. I love you!