Kicking Myself Over Visual Studio 2008 RTM

So you can now (as of yesterday actually assuming you can get on the server) get hold of VS2008 RTM in all its glory (and it is glorious!). What a time to find out that my MSDN subscription has lapsed....

If you haven't had a chance to look at the VS2008 (and of course .NET Fx 3.5) ingredients then now might be a good time - even if you don't plan on building Fx 3.5 apps in the near future, the multi-targeting feature in VS2008 allows you to target Fx 2.0 / 3.0 and 3.5 projects and websites and enjoy the new IDE and languages features in all of them.

If you're a web developer then the enhanced designer (massive improvements around CSS support, introduction of split view and support for nested master pages) as well as JavaScript Intellisense improvements will make you wonder how you ever coped before. Seriously, it is really nice.

Hence the reason I'm kicking myself that I can't get access to the bits.... 🙁

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Comments (8)

  1. Ian Smith says:

    I’m having the same problem and wondering how long it will take to "activate" the new subscription I paid for yesterday 🙂

    In the meantime there’s the 90 day "trial" versions of the important Team System bits, but no indication I can find as to whether these can simply be upgraded to non-trial versions by entering a license key once I have the MSDN license keys.

  2. MikeO [MSFT] says:

    I’ll try and find out the answer to that Ian…


  3. MikeO [MSFT] says:

    I’m reliably informed that you can upgrade the trial version. "Run setup again with the new media and you will be prompted for a product key. Upon entering the key the trial will be unlocked and setup will exit. New bits are not installed."

    However if you’ve already purchased a new subscription, you should be able to add that to your existing Live ID you have registered ( and you should be good to go. Of course I say that as someone who can’t actually test that works at the moment as I don’t have a renewal…


  4. MikeO [MSFT] says:

    And Neil Kidd says hello (to you, Ian). Apparently you used to work together. Hey, maybe blog comments are the new Facebook… 🙂

  5. Ian Smith says:

    LOL. Say Hi back (and tell him I’ll be at DDD6 on Saturday if he’s free to meet up in the evening for a pint).

    Anyway, Many thanks for the upgrade news. Alas, my MSDN "benefits" need to be activated before I can gain access so no access as yet (an MVP tells me it took 6 weeks for his activation to take place. Yikes!). Also made the mistake of using my "IanSmith" email address for the new subscription where as my "irascian" one is my Live Id and what my old sub was under. I’m sure it will all sort itself out at some point!

  6. Chris says:

    I can reliably say that the trial WILL need to be uninstalled before installing your MSDN subscription copy.  I just tried this and setup took ages, not a quick exit.  At the end it said it was successful and starting up vs2008 -> about box still showed it as trial.  We should know better than to expect MS to give us software the way its meant to be.  It would just make too much sense if it actually worked.

  7. MikeO [MSFT] says:

    Hi Chris. I can only apologise. As far as I am lead to believe, this should work. I will check with a few folks and see if there are known issues or if I was misinformed from the outset. Mike

  8. MikeO [MSFT] says:

    Confirmed that converting from trial to full product should be possible via ScottGu’s blog With one proviso – the version of trial and full setup you run must be the same. You can also enter setup from Add/Remove programmes and enter your PID there. Mike

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