I somehow forgot to include this in my original post, but here is a slide deck that walks you through the entire process and specifies how to take advantage of your various MSDN benefits: http://cid-e796c9484df4baa3.office.live.com/view.aspx/VS%202010%20Presentations/2010%20msdn%20training%20for%20developers.pptx
First caveat I am going to issue is this: I am not a sales or licensing expert so I cannot sell this product to you, or tell you what you own or how much it would cost to buy. I CAN however, connect you to someone who can help you if that is something you need. As a technologist who regularly leverages MSDN as an end user, I can help you ramp up on what you might be missing out on, as well as figure out how to access everything you are entitled to. So, on to the post… OK, so this year I have come to an astonishing realization. Most, if not all, of the customers that I visit in the Midwest have MSDN and DO NOT use it! This is stunning to me, because as a developer I simply couldn’t function in a truly productive way without using my MSDN benefits. Also, financially it’s also quite a deal! Not using your MSDN subscription is like walking into Best Buy, having them hand you gift cards you can spend on almost anything you need with no strings attached, and then just pitching them in the trash and spending your own money instead! Crazy right?
So let me start by explaining what MSDN is, because no, I do not simply mean the general MSDN library website you may hit every day to look at documentation, knowledgebase articles, etc… The Microsoft Developer Network Subscription service is what I am referring to. It is a bundle of software and services that may get purchased with Visual Studio by you or your employer. It includes a number of VERY valuable resources and products such as:
Just to call out a few of my favoritest (it’s a word!) features:
There is a lot more to MSDN, I’m really just enticing you with some of my favorite features. Feel free to check out the rest of the benefits you may be passing by on the MSDN Subscriber benefits site. And hey, if you’re not impressed then maybe you know everything already, and you never encounter issues with Visual Studio, Office, .NET or any of the other tools you use day to day to get your job done. Right, I thought so. Check it you, and if you suspect you *might* be entitled to it, find out for sure and then get signed up. You won’t regret it.
Also, turns out we’re having some live Webcasts to help people understand the value of MSDN as well. Join us, we have cookies! But since it’s a webcast you won’t actually get to have any. Sorry about that
Join the Meeting
Tuesday, May 24
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (CST)
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