Microsoft has launched today a very exciting program called WebSiteSpark for individual developers and small web startup companies having less than 10 employees.
Given below are few software licenses which will be given free to you for 3 years
- 3 licenses of Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition
- 1 license of Expression Studio 3 (which includes Expression Blend, Sketchflow, and Web)
- 2 licenses of Expression Web 3
- 4 processor licenses of Windows Web Server 2008 R2
- 4 processor licenses of SQL Server 2008 Web Edition
- DotNetPanel control panel (enabling easy remote/hosted management of your servers)
IMHO it is very good initiative by Microsoft to promote small companies and individuals to leverage their products and build next generation application on the web.
More information can be found here