But we don’t want to leave YC software companies out.
We are happy to announce the Microsoft will be giving $500,000 of free Azure hosting credit to YC startups in our Winter 2015 batch and future batches. This is a big deal for many startups—it’s common for hosting to be the second largest expense after salaries. Microsoft is also giving YC startups three years of Office 365, access to Microsoft developer staff, and one year of free CloudFlare enterprise services and DataStax software.
This brings the total value of special offers extended to each YC company to well over $1,000,000. The relentless nagging from partners to grow faster we throw in for free.