With the introduction of Visual Studio® 2010, Microsoft® is offering a new packaging lineup and licensing options that should simplify the current complex licensing packages offered. This is making the management of MSDN licensing more transparent.

The new Offering will include three main versions:

  • Microsoft Visual Studio® 2010 Ultimate with MSDN
  • Microsoft Visual Studio® 2010 Premium with MSDN
  • Microsoft Visual Studio® 2010 Professional with MSDN

 

MSDN subscriptions are included with the purchase of the above Visual Studio® 2010 packages. The specific level of MSDN subscription benefits corresponds with the Ultimate, Premium and Professional designators in the Visual Studio® 2010 product name. Visual Studio® 2010 Professional will also be available for purchase without an MSDN subscription.

 

New Pricing

Not only is the packaging and licensing changing but so is the pricing, overall it looks like prices are increasing especially for the most popular package Visual Studio® Professional w/MSDN Premium, below is the retail prices for the current and new versions.

 

Visual Studio® 2008

Visual Studio® 2010

Remarks

VSTS Team Suite w/MSDN Premium

$10,939 New / $3,499 Renewal

Visual Studio® 2010 Ultimate with MSDN

$11,924 New / $3,814 Renewal

Price increase of ~ 8%

VSTS Developer/ Database/ Architect/ Test Edition w/MSDN Premium

$5,469 New / $2,299 Renewal

Visual Studio® 2010 Premium with MSDN

$5,469 New / $2,299 Renewal

 

No Change in price

Visual Studio® Professional with MSDN Premium

$2,499 New / $ 1,999 Renewal

Visual Studio® 2010 Premium with MSDN

$5,469 New / $2,299 Renewal

Current version no longer available in 2010, you need to purchase the higher version in order to get the MSDN Premium subscription, price increase New ~46% Renewal ~13%

Visual Studio® Professional with MSDN Professional

$1,199 New / $ 799 Renewal

Visual Studio® 2010 professional with MSDN

$1,199 New / $ 799 Renewal

No Change in price

Visual Studio® Professional

$799 New

Visual Studio® Professional

$799 New

No Change in price

Visual Studio® Standard

$299 New

Visual Studio® Professional

$799 New

Current entry level version no longer available, you need to purchase the higher version, price increase of ~62.5%

The chart below shows how the products and subscriptions available today will evolve 

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Nov 2016