In case any of you hadn't noticed yet, Office 2003 will not have a Developer Edition as it has in the past. Access is still part of the Office 2003 Professional edition, but the Access runtime and the Installation Wizard have been added the Visual Studio Tools package, which will contain:
- Visual Studio Tools for the Office System
- Visual Basic .NET Standard Edition
- Access 2003 Developer Extensions
- SQL Server 2003 Developer Edition
What made this troubling was that the Microsoft website did not provide the cost of this new Tools package anywhere on its website! I finally was able to pry this info out of them. The cost will be:
- $499 (retail) for the full version.
- $199 (retail) for the upgrade version.
Any prior Office Developer Edition qualifies for the upgrade pricing.