At the bottom of the Visual Studio 2010 press release was this nugget that you might’ve skimmed over:
In another move to increase integration across the life cycle, Microsoft also announced that VSTS 2010 will provide a unified VSTS Development and Database product. As a benefit to existing Software Assurance (SA) customers, those who currently own Visual Studio Team System 2008 Development Edition or Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition will receive all the following products starting Oct. 1, 2008, for free:
- Visual Studio Team System 2008 Development Edition
- Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition
- Visual Studio 2005 Team System for Software Developers
- Visual Studio 2005 Team System for Database Professionals
The products will be available to SA customers through their normal Microsoft Developer Network channel. More information can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/sa.
That’s right, we’ve listened to your feedback and if you currently own Database edition or Development edition, AND you have a current Software Assurance subscription – then you’ll be able to download both of these editions from MSDN from October 1. Yes, this does include members of the MS Partner Program. Enjoy!