Redmond is giving a select bunch of software startups thousands of dollars worth of development tools and server software at a big discount for up to three years. Companies signing up to the deal won’t have to stump up a fee at the beginning of the agreement. However, they will be required to pay out $100 when they leave the …
They are offering free software to selected companies, to try and create a lock in, when there are much better and less expensive alternatives on other platforms.
There is still a license maintenance overhead, the software still is not that great, and I bet you cannot modify it at a very low level if required.
So, it does cost a business and MS a bit to do this deal, but generates no revenue for MS, strikes me as a bit desperate.
Good luck with that idea MS.