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    Is MSDN worth it? (All)

    I was toying with the idea of getting Visual Studio .NET and was surprised to discover that for about $200 more ($1110) I can get all of MSDN professional, which includes a bunch of stuff that's on MS's web site plus development and test versions of various OS's and, FWIW, Visual FoxPro and "Technical Support Incidents." (I hope I don't have any such "incidents"...) Plus a whole year of half-baked software fresh from the bleeding edge.

    Is it worth it for someone who primarily does Office development and owns MOD 2000? And would have to pay for it himself?

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    Re: Is MSDN worth it? (All)

    The version I want, if I can ever save up for it, is Universal, which is the only version that gives you the MOD plus the enterprise versions of the other software. It, of course, is edging up towards $3k. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15> The unfortunate part is that you have to pay for it annually. <img src=/S/crazy.gif border=0 alt=crazy width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Is MSDN worth it? (All)

    I ran a couple of years' worth of Universal and still consider it a sensible investment. As the work I have been doing for the last 18 months has been fairly narrowly focused, I have not renewed since the expiry 12 months ago. Given some of the bleeding edge stuff, there is also the question of having the necessary hardware to run it. Compaq and IBM, for example, have been more supportive of such stuff than others.
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    Re: Is MSDN worth it? (All)

    If you don't need tech support (and maybe not the .NET stuff), you might look at the Action Pack. It gets you all the Office and OS Stuff for a much more reasonable price.
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    Re: Is MSDN worth it? (All)

    I don't think it includes Office Developer, though, which makes it less useful for developers like me. Since I care nothing about trying out new OS versions until they've had at least their first service pack and all the drivers are available <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>, the action pack doesn't appeal to me very much.
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    Re: Is MSDN worth it? (All)

    I don't want to have to register (http://www.microsoft.com/partner/businessr...ces/actionpack/) to find out the price! Can you recall or look it up easily?

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    Re: Is MSDN worth it? (All)

    According to Lockergnome Tech Specialist (4th March 2002), you'd be looking at parting with USD 299.
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    Re: Is MSDN worth it? (All)

    That's insanely cheap. All I would need to qualify is to be using the products to develop for third parties (i.e., it's not licensed for in-house development). Wow. For anyone who isn't digging through the license agreement, here's what's included:

    <table border=1><tr><td>Product Title</td><td>[b]Number Of Licenses

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    Re: Is MSDN worth it? (All)

    The other catch is that it doesn't include the developer's edition of Office, so you don't have a license to distribute the apps you build or to include controls that require licensing.
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    Re: Is MSDN worth it? (All)

    As I recall, we paid about $450 for the subscription we got - and you do have to renew it. It included some sort of SBS marketing tools (not of interest to us, and I think has been discontinued), but it had nearly all the tools we typically use except the developer version of Office XP. Another possibility if you really just want to check out Visual Studio.net is the 60-day Trial version that MS is giving away. Our local MS office has an ample supply, so you could tinker with it that way. Note however that it is distributed on a DVD, so you need a DVD player. One other thing - VS.net only runs on WinNT, Win2000 or WinXP operating systems - installation won't run on Win98 or WinME.
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