The Most Important Links for Startups from Microsoft BizSpark -- January 29, 2013

Investors are pointing to a rising M&A trend for the enterprise and startups ecosystem. Windows Challenges are ending, and new contests are beginning. We are still taking applications for the second class of the Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure powered by Tech Stars. 

and we have put together a list of all the links we have tweeted out today that we thought are worth a second look.

Interview with Marc Andreessen where he makes statements that could prove prescient about IPOs and M&A in tech this year.

Open House for the Windows Azure accelerator today.

Register and get those video applications in for the 2nd Windows Azure Accelerator powered by TechStars. Feb 3 absolute last day

Plenty of healthy debate about what startup destiny in 2013. Here’s some insight

COO travels for business most of the year, uses Surface RT. Here’s his real and honest opinion.  

How are you navigating the art and the business technicalities of starting up your own company? A movie star founder tells all.

Looking to score a big date for Valentine’s Day? May we recommend Big Data Date Night in Mountain View with SiSense, Facebook and Netflix. 

Node.js boot camp coming to Silicon Valley on February 2

Being Temporary in a World Looking for Profitability – Steve Blank explains why startups have different values than public cos, but how they’re same, too.

Opening up the Windows App Lab in Canada.  

Zero Code Cloud Migrations: Hmmm.

Ten startups show of their work to investors in Seattle. They will do the same this Thursday in Silicon Valley.