Microsoft Tries A 'First One's Free' Strategy To Lure Startups

from the you-know-you-want-to-try... dept

Microsoft certainly recognizes the fact that most startups these days are automatically gravitating to a LAMP infrastructure (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP). So, now it seems to be trying out a new program to lure startups by offering them free software for a few years and combining it with additional services that they hope will appeal to startups. It's an interesting approach, though, in the long run, it still seems like they may have the equation backwards. While they are giving some stuff away free initially, the ultimate goal is to lock companies into paying for infinite goods like software, rather than scarcities like services.
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    Sallo, 5 Nov 2008 @ 5:30pm

    Re: Re: It's been said before...

    Yeah, Free...Unless you want support, then you pay.
    Its been talked about here before. The free business model works only if you have a way to charge people later. Free software is the hook to get paid for services later.

    So yes, LAMP = Free now, Pay later!

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