Mark Curphey here again (@curphey on Twitter and www.curphey.com on the web)

This Friday post is a very simple set of questions but before I ask them I wanted to set the context. The subscriptions team have been discussing the idea of packaging up specific subscriptions software into a set of virtual machines that subscribers can download and run; for example Windows Server with SQL Server or Team Foundation Server on Windows Server or a Windows 7 Desktop with Office Ultimate 2010 and Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate. There are several levels of subscriptions and the contents of the VM’s would only be software available to your specific level and well need to work out a nice process for you to easily add your keys and activate but we think it’s achievable.

So two simple questions:

Do you want to download virtual machines ?

If yes, what software do you want pre-installed on the VMs ?