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by Mike Masnick


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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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    ehrichweiss, 5 Nov 2008 @ 7:08pm

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

    Unless of course you have any google-fu and then you can get 99% of your support for free.

    So actually LAMP = Free now, Free later unless you're just dumb...so I'm guessing I know why you think someone has to pay for it. Idiot.

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