The new MSDN and Microsoft Visual Studio 2010


 

A key announcement that you need to know about is what Microsoft is calling the “Ultimate Offer” — making sure that every MSDN subscriber gets equal or greater value (in many cases, a lot greater) as Microsoft transitions subscriptions into the new and simplified Visual Studio 2010 product line up.

Here’s how subscription levels will transition

If you have this active subscription on March 22, 2010

…then your subscription will become this

…and you’ll get everything you had before, plus

Visual Studio Team System Team Suite with MSDN Premium

Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN

Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate, Team Foundation Server 2010 + CAL

Visual Studio Team System editions with MSDN Premium (Architecture, Database, Development, Test)

Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN

Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate, Team Foundation Server 2010 + CAL

Visual Studio Professional with MSDN Premium

Visual Studio 2010 Premium with MSDN

Visual Studio 2010 Premium, Team Foundation Server 2010 + CAL

Visual Studio Professional with MSDN Professional

Visual Studio 2010 Professional with MSDN

Visual Studio 2010 Professional, Team Foundation Server 2010 + CAL

Visual Studio Professional with MSDN Embedded

Visual Studio 2010 Professional with MSDN Embedded

Visual Studio 2010 Professional

MSDN Operating Systems

MSDN Operating Systems

 

See details of the Ultimate Offer for devs

As you can see, it really pays to have MSDN Premium — that’s how you can get Microsoft’s most powerful and advanced tools when Visual Studio 2010 releases.  This is a serious upgrade.

Team Foundation Server 2010

As you can see above, most subscribers will get Team Foundation Server as part of their subscription.  No, not Workgroup Edition with a 5-user limit.  The full version!

TFS 2010 offers two set up choices: Basic and Advanced.  Basic is quick and ideal for replacing Visual SourceSafe.  Advanced provides all the power of TFS for source control, builds, work-item tracking, reporting, testing, and more.

Up until now, TFS had to be purchased separately so this is a big new benefit.  Start using the Team Foundation Server 2010 beta 2 now, you’re really going to like it.  And when it releases, you’re covered for the full version.

About wesmacdonald

Wes MacDonald is a Visual Studio ALM MVP, PSD, MCT and a Principal Consultant for LIKE 10 INC., a SharePoint Server, Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server Consulting Firm providing premium support and guidance services.

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