Microsoft announced its latest software development strategy at the Microsoft Developer Forum on Wednesday.
The company will start using a “zero-fee” model for software development, starting with “small and medium-sized businesses.”
Microsoft’s new model is called a “soft” model, in which Microsoft will set up a “business-to-business” service where companies can submit their projects, and then Microsoft will pay them a “fee” for each code unit they complete.
The fee will be capped at $1,000 per project, according to a Microsoft spokesperson.
“We’re announcing today the new, fully transparent and non-disclosure-driven approach for small and medium sized businesses,” said Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella in a blog post.
“We are excited to offer a low-cost, zero-fee approach to helping small businesses accelerate the adoption of Microsoft products, and we are partnering with large businesses to offer this benefit across our ecosystem.”
The company said that it is offering this new approach “for all of our existing and emerging business customers.”
The company said it will offer “soft and soft” versions of Microsoft tools for the small and small business software developer.
Microsoft said it expects that the new model will be used by large businesses “in the coming years.”
Microsoft said it is also planning to partner with large corporations to provide “soft development services.”
The new software development model has also been rolled out for other industries.
Apple has been using the “zero cost” model in its software development since 2012, and Facebook and Twitter have used it for the past two years.