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Buying Visual Studio Pro 2012 - With or without MSDN subscription?


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#1 Cromulent   Members   -  Reputation: 353

Posted 13 May 2013 - 12:31 PM

I'm seriously considering buying Visual Studio 2012 Professional but I'm trying to decide whether to get it with an MSDN subscription or not. If I get it with a subscription it adds nearly £500 on to the total cost which is a lot of money. Since I mainly do development work on one machine and don't really need to do much testing on older versions of Windows I don't think I'd get much benefit from that side of things. I'm primarily thinking of getting it because I want to transition some of my Microsoft Office VBA projects to using the Office development tools in Visual Studio so that I can finally ditch VBA in favour of C#. I guess I'd also benefit from the Windows Azure included services as well but other than that I'm not so sure.

 

Is there anything that I am missing here or should I just ignore the MSDN subscription and save myself £500?



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#2 tstrimple   Prime Members   -  Reputation: 1718

Posted 13 May 2013 - 12:53 PM

The MSDN subscription is definitely nice. Depending on the level you buy at, you also get access to a production use license for Office as well as Azure usage as you mentioned. Are you sure you don't qualify for a program like DreamSpark or BizSpark? No reason to pay if you don't have to.



#3 ranakor   Members   -  Reputation: 439

Posted 13 May 2013 - 03:25 PM

It dépends on subscription levels but mostly it gives you access to almost all server software from Microsoft, so usefull for testing (not for production, except a few Tools that can be included).

So it's basically visual studio + all OSes for testing + almost all software for testing, so if you develop software you want to test on say win2K8 with sql server 2008 & win2K12 with sql server 2012 and SharePoint, that's the use of MSDN!






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