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Microsoft targets startups with $500 million in Azure-related resources

Microsoft has been pushing hard to get independent software vendors to move to Azure. Now it’s upping its focus on getting startups on its cloud.

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Microsoft unveiled on February 14 a new program called “Microsoft for Startups.” Via the program, Microsoft has pledged to provide $500 million to startups over the next two years in the form of credits, tools, co-selling resources and more.

Microsoft is offering startups co-selling resources to help get startups ready to sell to the enterprise in partnership with Microsoft; free cloud credits and technical support; development tools to help them build on Azure; and access to Microsoft Reactors, which are workspaces that Microsoft has in various cities.

Microsoft is offering these new incentives alongside its Microsoft Ventures venture-funding program and its Microsoft ScaleUp (formerly Microsoft Acclerators) program for late-stage and series-A startups.

More details about the new program are available on the dedicated Microsoft for Startups web site.

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