MS, HP team to help new businesses

The HP Garage Program helps new Internet businesses launch by supplying technology, financing, marketing and support services. Companies that take part in the program also must deploy their businesses using HP's products and services.

Microsoft said it will allow HP Garage Program companies to test their electronic-commerce applications on a number of its servers, including the Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server, Visual Studio development system and Microsoft's .NET Enterprise Servers. Companies will have access to the technology for six months at no cost with the option of purchasing the products.

"A majority of developers both in the US and worldwide are developing using one or more of Microsoft's development tools," said Brent Johnson, Lead Manager, E-Commerce Breadth and Partner Initiatives, for Microsoft. "This will ensure that Garage members will have access to the tools that they need."

More than 50 percent of the companies starting up through the HP Garage Program already build their Internet businesses on Windows-based HP NetServers, according to HP. Companies also already have access to a free license of Microsoft Visual Studio 6 Enterprise Edition.

"This is really the first deal of its kind," said Everhard Schade, director of HP New Ventures, which leads the Garage Program, regarding the free use of such e-business technology. The program does have similar low-cost partnerships with consultants and service providers.

In addition to Microsoft products, HP's 1-year-old Garage Program offers technology for testing on Linux and HP-UX platforms.

Also Tuesday, the two companies announced a sweepstakes to market the new-business incubator program, offering a prize of more than $US430,000 worth of hardware and software needed to launch a start-up. The winner of the sweepstakes will receive an HP NetServer, Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition and additional .NET Enterprise Server software.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Matt Berger

PC World
Show Comments

Cool Tech

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?