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Upgrade your Visual Studio Standard Edition to Visual Studio 2010 through programs announced by S. Somasegar, Senior Vice President of Developer Division in his blog post New Offers for Visual Studio 2010.
The Standard Offer enables customers who purchased Visual Studio 2005 or 2008 Standard Edition to upgrade to Visual Studio 2010 at the previous Visual Studio 2008 Standard Edition $299 retail price. Standard customers can take advantage of this offer April 12-October 12, 2010.
For customers who purchase Visual Studio Professional at retail, you will receive MSDN Essentials, a one-year trial MSDN subscription that will be included with every retail copy of Visual Studio Professional sold.
MSDN Essentials subscribers will have access to the latest Microsoft platforms:
Subscribers will also have access to MSDN’s Online Concierge, Priority Support in MSDN Forums, and will be included in special offers from partners.
Developers can pre-order Visual Studio 2010 Professional through the Microsoft Store and select online beginning March 9 until the product launch.
Microsoft BizSpark is a global program designed to help accelerate the success of early stage startups by providing key resources when they need it the most. If you are a privately-held ISV who meets certain revenue and time-in-business constraints, you may be eligible for software to help your business get started, including Visual Studio.
For more details about BizSpark, see The Startup Program Guide which describes the program benefits and more.
Visual Studio 2010 provides significant new benefits, such as the ability to optimize your development environment with multi-monitor support, and the ability to target multiple versions of the .NET Framework with one tool. For Standard customers this functionality represents a substantial step up in tooling.
For more information about the benefits of Visual Studio 2010, see Now you can with Visual Studio 2010 RC.
Bruce D. Kyle ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation