Here we go; we have 4 key announcements today to the developer community
Information #1: Visual Studio 2010 (and .NET Framework 4) will be officially launched on March 22nd, 2010.
Microsoft has also simplified the product lineup, customers will be able to choose from three main versions of Visual Studio 2010:
• Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN. The comprehensive suite of application life-cycle management tools for software teams to help ensure quality results from design to deployment
• Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Premium with MSDN. A complete toolset to help developers deliver scalable, high-quality applications
• Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Professional with MSDN. The essential tool for basic development tasks to assist developers in implementing their ideas easily
here is a video of Dave Mendlen (Director of Developer Marketing)
Information #2: from now to March 22nd, you can benefit from massive saving with the Visual Studio 2010 transition benefits (called “Ultimate Offer”).
The “Ultimate Offer” is a current promotion to help customers upgrade to Visual Studio 2010 while getting the most value possible. The promotion is available to all MSDN Premium customers who purchase Visual Studio 2010 on or before launch on March 22, 2010. Eligible customers at the time of the launch will receive a product upgrade, as outlined in the Ultimate Offer chart below. This applies to current customers, as well as customers who upgrade to a Visual Studio 2008 product with a Premium MSDN subscription before the launch of Visual Studio 2010.
To maximize the benefits of the “Ultimate offer”, you should think about 2 scenarios before March 22nd 2010
• Scenario 1: do I need more Visual Studio licenses for my team in the next 12 to 24 months?
• Scenario 2: do I need to “step up” some of my current licenses to a higher edition and benefits from the “free” product upgrade in March 22nd 2010?
You can save a equivalent of 50% during the next months. Example:
• With an active Visual Studio 2008 Team Developer w/ MSDN (at the time of the launch) you will receive Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate. Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate includes the capabilities of Visual Studio 2008 Team Suite (and more). That means, you have Team Suite (and more) for the price of Team Developer
• With an active Visual Studio 2008 Professional w/ MSDN (in march 22nd 2010), you will receive Visual Studio 2010 Premium. Visual Studio 2010 Premium includes the capabilities of Visual Studio 2008 Team Developer. That means, you have Team Developer for the price of VS Professional with MSDN Premium
Call to action: think about your current and future needs before March 22nd 2010
please review the Fact Sheet for more information
Information #3: Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 will be available to MSDN subscribers on Monday, October 19th, with general availability on October 21st.
how to download the beta: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-au/vstudio/dd582936.aspx
Information #4: new benefits for MSDN subscribers, including these:
• Unlimited access to Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 (upon release), a server product that drives down the risks and costs of developing software by enhancing team collaboration
• Azure Development, which enables MSDN Premium subscribers to develop on the Windows Azure platform (Microsoft’s cloud services platform) with compute hours, storage, data transfers, SQL Azure databases and .NET Services.
• Complimentary e-learning, up to 40 hours per year, per subscriber
You can found the official Press release here: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2009/oct09/10-19vsfinalstretchpr.mspx
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