As part of the VS 2010 announcement we made at the SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas (Monday, October 19), we also announced what we’re calling “The Ultimate Offer.” Depending on what Visual Studio 2008 edition you have when Visual Studio 2010 ships, you might be eligible to step up to a more advanced edition of Visual Studio. Click on the image below to be taking to the roadmap site for more details.
The short of it is: If you have Visual Studio 2008 Professional with MSDN Premium, you will be eligible to step up to Visual Studio 2010 Premium with MSDN. If you’re a Visual Studio 2008 Team Edition users (Architecture, Test, Development, and Database) will be eligible to step up to Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN. So for the price of the current offers, when VS 2010 ships, you’ll end up with a “bigger” product with more bells and whistles.
The fact that you evaluate each edition of Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 (MSDN Users only) right now is fantastic because you’ll be able to see what differences are between VS 2010 Professional, Premium, and Ultimate. If you’re not an MSDN subscriber, you download the VS 2010 Beta 2 Professional edition now for evaluation.
So between now and launch date (March 22, 2010), check with your licensing specialist to see if you can save some money by upgrading now to get more product later.