When we were getting close to the day VS2010 was going to be released to MSDN, .NET developers were all a-buzz. One question that came up with just about every .NET person I know is “where do you get your MSDN?”.
That’s such a common question, because if you buy MSDN off the street, it’s VVEEEERRRYYY expensive. Don’t get me wrong, I have zero problem with investing in my career – but $5,000/year just for a MSDN Premium subscription? That’s a bit much, even by my liberal standards.
There are some options though… You might know someone who works at Microsoft who may be able to get you a subscriptions via their Friends and Family program, you might below to one of the Microsoft Partner programs, you may use Website Spark, etc.
Well, the last couple of years, I’ve been using the Microsoft Partner Empower program. My subscription is scheduled to expire in July 2011 for me, and I can no longer renew as they are shutting down the program in May. So – what am I going to do? Well, I researched this a fair amount in the past few weeks, and here’s what I’m going to do:
What I’m going to do:
On May 24, 2010 – the new Microsoft Partner Action Pack Development and Design program is launching. This gives you MSDN Professional + Office + OSes + Servers + Expression. So, MSDN Premium, really – except you can only download VS2010 Professional – but everything else is about the same. You get THREE (3) MSDN subscriptions that come along with this, and there is no limit to how many times you can renew. The price is $429 per year. So you and two other people can get MSDN Premium(ish) for that price.
So, where do you get your MSDN?