Visual Studio & TFS for US Public Sector

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  • Blog Post: License the new TFS 2012 Agile Planning Boards

    Team Foundation Server 2012 introduces a number of new features. One highlight is the redesigned Web Access which includes new Agile Planning tools. See these products in action here ! Note that the standard, updated Web Access is part of TFS 2012 and licensed via the TFS CAL (just as it was in earlier...
  • Blog Post: Understand TFS Licensing

    Team Foundation Server (TFS) is an excellent code version control tool AND the hub of Microsoft’s App Lifecycle Mgt. (ALM) solution. Learn more here . Now, let’s attempt to demystify some of the aspects of licensing of TFS for enterprise use now : As illustrated in the below graphic...
  • Blog Post: Unlimited Dev & Test Enviroments with MSDN Subscriptions

    MSDN Subscriptions are purchased as an add-on to Visual Studio Professional, Premium or Ultimate. While the MSDN Subscription provides a whole list of benefits , this post specifically explores the software for dev/test use benefit. An MSDN subscription license gives a single user the ability to access...
  • Blog Post: What is an MSDN Subscription... Really?

    An MSDN Subscription often is the source of confusion for both IT Professionals and IT Purchasing folks, so this post will attempt “Demystify the MSDN Subscription” into terms that all parties can understand. Here we go… 1) Visual Studio’s Software Assurance - MSDN is only...
  • Blog Post: Licensing Overview for Visual Studio 2010

    Licensing for Visual Studio and its family of products can be somewhat confusing. This post should go a long a way in helping you get your arms around it! Visual Studio : Visual Studio is the tool that software developers & testers use to write and test code. There are 4 Visual Studio "flavors...
  • Blog Post: Understand the “MSDN on GSA” Expiration Issue

    Often times our customers who purchase MSDN Subscriptions from GSA schedules may be confused about when their subscriptions actually expires. For example, you may be thinking… “it sure has been a while since I renewed… but my “My Account” page says that I don’t expire for another 2 years!”… Hmmmm. Well...
  • Blog Post: The Transition to Visual Studio 2010

    In April 2010, we launched Visual Studio 2010. As part of the launch we consolidated the number of Visual Studio offerings from 7 to 4. (Ultimate, Premium, Professional, Test Professional). When this occurred, all active VS+MSDN users were automatically transferred to the corresponding new offering as...
  • Blog Post: Purchase VS/MSDN on a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement

    Like all Microsoft products, you can purchase products on a Software + Software Assurance. Software Assurance (SA) is a maintenance that enables you to upgrade the product to the latest version at no additional cost. Visual Studio is sold in this model, however, the SA is the MSDN Subscription with the...
  • Blog Post: Purchase VS/MSDN via GSA

    Like all Microsoft products, you can purchase products on a Software + Software Assurance. Software Assurance (SA) is a maintenance that enables you to upgrade the product to the latest version at no additional cost. Visual Studio is sold in this model, however the SA is the MSDN Subscription with the...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio MSDN Licensing Tutorial

    Here's an informal tutorial to help you understand how Visual Studio and MSDN licensing works. For questions please contact a Microsoft rep or Reseller. <Slideshow is best viewed in Full-screen mode ; High-res PDF downloadable from here > Visual Studio MSDN Licensing Tutorial View...
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