The company is offering a price cut incentives to upgrade from Visual Studio .NET and simplifying Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) subscriptions.
Microsoft Corp. has showed detailed pricing and licensing terms for Visual Studio 2005, its application development tool set, as well as simplification of its Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) subscriptions. The company says MSDN is the primary vehicle through which most developers obtain Visual Studio.
Microsoft will reduce the estimated retail price in US dollars of Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition while offering special pricing to existing MSDN subscribers for Visual Studio 2005 Team System, the expansion of the Visual Studio product line to include integrated software life-cycle tools.
In addition, current Visual Studio users will be eligible for promotional pricing to acquire MSDN subscriptions now, in preparation for Visual Studio 2005, expected in the second half of calendar year 2005. This will enable more developers to take advantage of the productivity, security enhancements and improved deployment capabilities of the .NET Framework.
New subscription and renewal estimated retail pricing for Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Professional and Standard editions follow:
Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition: US$799 (upgrade: US$549)
Visual Studio 2005 Tools for the Microsoft Office System: US$799 (upgrade: US$549)
Visual Studio 2005 Standard Edition: US$299 (upgrade: US$199)
Visual Studio 2005 Express editions will be US$49.
With the addition of Visual Studio Team System, Microsoft expands the definition and audience reach of the Visual Studio product line beyond developers to development teams, adding new tools for project managers, software testers, infrastructure and software architects, and IT business decision-makers.
The Team System also offers new advanced features for software developers. Visual Studio Team System's role-based product line includes Visual Studio Team Edition for Software Architects, Visual Studio Team Edition for Software Developers and Visual Studio Team Edition for Software Testers. Also included in Visual Studio Team System is the Visual Studio Team Suite, which contains all three role-based products, and the new Visual Studio Team Foundation Server.
Subscription and renewal estimated retail pricing for Visual Studio 2005 Team System start at US$3,191 including Software Assurance.
In addition, Microsoft will offer an MSDN subscription with Visual Studio Professional Edition products:
Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition with MSDN Premium subscription: US$2,499 (renewal: US$1,999).
Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition with MSDN Professional subscription: US$1,199 (renewal: US$799).
MSDN Operating Systems subscription: US$699 (renewal: US$499)
Existing MSDN Universal subscribers will have a seamless transition to Visual Studio 2005 Team System and automatically receive a no-cost upgrade to one of the role-based subscription products for each active subscription license they own at the time of product availability. Special upgrade pricing to the Team Suite also will be available. Active subscribers may elect to renew their subscription and preserve their existing pricing for future renewals, if they choose; customers without subscriptions, or customers whose subscriptions have lapsed at the time of product availability, will not receive these special pricing offers.
In preparation for Visual Studio 2005, Microsoft will also offer promotional pricing for customers who want to purchase or upgrade an MSDN subscription. Acquiring MSDN Universal today will enable customers to take advantage of the no-cost upgrade to Visual Studio 2005 Team System upon the product's availability in the second half of 2005.