MSDN Subscriptions are the best way to get the latest developer tools and technologies, including Visual Studio .NET, with continuous, priority access to product updates and new releases. A Subscription also offers information and technical support resources needed to design, build, and test XML Web services and applications using Microsoft technologies.
Through MSDN, you have the choice of multiple subscription levels, allowing you to choose the one that best fits your needs and requirements. You can see what is included in the various MSDN Subscriptions HERE. Once you have determined which subscription is best for your needs, you probably contact your regular Microsoft licensing provider and order the MSDN subscription you need. Here is where many people go wrong…
You can view the U.S. ERP prices for the various 1 year MSDN Subscriptions HERE. These are the standard Retail Boxed versions of the MSDN Subscriptions which include a 1 year subscription. At the end of the first year, you can renew your subscription for another year at the lower renewal/upgrade pricing listed above the full price on this same page. Let’s look at a few examples:
* MSDN Universal: 1-Year Subscription = $2,799 ERP with 1-year renewal of $2,299 for a total of: $5,098 for a 2-year subscription
* MSDN Enterprise: 1-Year Subscription = $2,199 ERP with 1-year renewal of $1,599 for a total of: $3,798 for a 2-year subscription
* MSDN Professional: 1-Year Subscription = $1,199 ERP with 1-year renewal of $899 for a total of: $2,098 for a 2-year subscription
What if I told you that you could get the above 2-year subscriptions for the following prices:
* MSDN Universal $2,855 ERP (44% savings off above)
* MSDN Enterprise 2-Year Subscription – $2,146 ERP (43.5% savings off above)
* MSDN Professional 2-Year Subscription – $1,196 ERP (43% savings off above)
Well, you CAN! And you should be. Effective last January 1, 2004, you have the opportunity to start a new Open License Business authorization number with the order of only one MSDN Subscription instead of acquiring additional licenses to meet the current five license minimum or acquiring the MSDN Subscription under an existing authorization number. What does this mean to you? Simply order your MSDN Subscription through the Microsoft Open License Business Program (which anyone who orders MSDN qualifies for) and you get these savings! It is that simple. Here are the part #s you need:
* MSDN Universal 2-Year Subscription (License + 2 Years of Software Assurance): Part #534-02031
* MSDN Enterprise 2-Year Subscription (License + 2 Years of Software Assurance): Part #389-00142
* MSDN Professional 2-Year Subscription (License + 2 Years of Software Assurance): Part #388-01883
Here’s another advantage of doing this (as if saving 43% was not enough), you can then purchase all of your other Microsoft products over the next two years under this new Open License Business Authorization # with no minimums to take advantage of the lower pricing, additional rights, electronic licenses, etc. instead of buying your software through Retail Box. (As an FYI, as a business customer, you should not be acquiring your software through Retail Box anyway. Please see my December 20th post, “You’re asking the wrong question… And it may be costing you money,” for a full explanation of this).
Knowledge IS power… Hopefully you are a little more powerful after reading this.
Thank you and have a wonderful day,
Small Business Development Manager – U.S. Central Region
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