Microsoft has a new strategy for roping in start-ups and grooming them to be lifelong customers. They are giving away select software applications for free for up to three years. There are conditions, of course.

The offer is for tech startups only who are less than three years old, privately held and with annual revenues still under one million dollars. There is a one hundred dollar fee that has to paid when the company leaves the program.

For companies secure in making a committment to a Microsoft IT infrastructure, this is a good deal. Not only is there the break in software expenses, there's also technicial support and access to a network of hosts and partners.

Check out the BizSpark web site for more information.