Visual Studio 2010 – Transition to the new editions

If you are an existing Visual Studio customer with a current MSDN subscription, you will transition to the following new editions (on March 22nd):

a) Visual Studio Professional with MSDN Pro ==> Visual Studio 2010 Professional with MSDN

b) Visual Studio Professional with MSDN Premium ==> Visual Studio 2010 Premium with MSDN

c) Visual Studio Team Edition ==> Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN

d) Visual Studio Team Suite ==> Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN


1) Visual Studio Test Elements 2010 with MSDN and  Visual Studio Team Lab Management 2010 are brand new products – there is no transition path per se.

2) Team Foundation Server is now part of MSDN (!!!) – its no longer a standalone product


Given this, there are a couple of scenarios you should think carefully about BEFORE March 22nd:

1) do I need more licenses for my team?

For example, every Team Edition (Arch, Dev, DBA, Test) you have today will automatically turn into Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate in March!

2) do I need to ‘step up’ some of my current licenses to a higher edition?

If you have Visual Studio Professional today and decide to step-up to a Team Edition – you will get Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate in March!

Both scenarios represent cost savings of about 50%.  If you require more information about this please feel free to contact my colleagues (Arabind: or Jihad:

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