Update on the Visual Studio Team System Product Line.

Now that we have shipped Visual Studio Beta 2, I wanted to take some time to update you on the licensing of Visual Studio 2005.

We've been listening to the feedback we've received since the Visual Studio Team System product line was announced in March.

We are now taking action to respond to your suggestions.

1.       We will place a limited version of Team Foundation Server in each edition of the Visual Studio Team System family (Architects, Developers and Testers). 

a.       This version will be limited to up to 5 users.

b.       Teams with >5  users will find the full version of Team Foundation Server to be significantly more cost effective than current source code control solutions and offers tremendous value through its role as the core of integration across all of the Team System.

2.       Going forward, current MSDN Universal customers will have three choices for upgrading to the full Visual Studio product line.

a.       Universal subscribers that want all of the client functionality of Team System will be able to upgrade to Team Suite by paying just the incremental software assurance or renewal price for the duration of their agreement.  In most cases this will represent a > 75% discount on the full price of Team Suite. Volume customers will, of course, pay less.

b.       Universal subscribers who want Team Edition for Software Architects, Team Edition for Software Developers, or Team Edition for Software Testers will be able to upgrade at no additional cost. Each of these “role Editions” includes the MSDN Premium Subscription.

c.       Universal subscribers who want the 2005 equivalent of MSDN Universal can simply choose Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition with MSDN Premium Subscription and get the functional equivalent of MSDN Universal for about 15% less than what they paid today.

A summary of these upgrade options can be found here.

N.b. If you would like the free upgrade to Team Edition for Software Developers and not Team Suite or Team Edition for Software Architects or Team Edition for Software Testers you can now do this from your MSDN Enterprise Subscription!

If you would like to take advantage of these cost efficient upgrade options still the best way is to get on MSDN now.

This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.

Comments (4)

  1. css says:

    Next we need to get the Code Profiling, Static Analysis, Unit Testing, Code Coverage into Visual Studio 2005 Professional with MSDN Premium Subscription. See below:


    Spread the word. Maybe we’ll luck out again. If Microsoft is serious about letting developers create better software, they will bundle those tools with the lower subscription levels.

  2. Anthony Zoko says:

    How does this affect Academic Subscribers? We just purchased a 3 year contract. Any details on that upgrade path?

  3. nparker says:

    Hi Anthony,

    There has not been any word yet on the upgrade path for MSDN Academic Subscribers… I will post this when it becomes available.

  4. nparker says:

    Hi css

    Thank you for your response… I like the way you use the word "next"… to acknowledge the fact that we have listened and have made changes to our licensing model.

    I can’t stress enough that if you are a MSDN Enterprise Subscriber today you will get a free upgrade to Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Software Developers with MSDN Premium Subscription. This does contain Code Profiling, Static Analysis, Unit Testing and Code Coverage.

    I take your point regarding getting these features into Visual Studio 2005 Professional with MSDN Premium Subscription… Being a developer myself and having worked with these products for a number of years… I know that allot of research and development $$ has gone into building these brand new products and making them great… and yes there are and always will be community software that addresses these tasks or new ones that we haven’t though of yet… that IMO is want makes working in software development innovative and exciting!

    I’m sure Microsoft has learnt allot from the success and forward-thinking of the NUnit team… and will continue to do so with other community initiatives.

    The point that I’m trying to make is that "not everyone" who uses Visual Studio will need, want or require these new features… and yes they are important in "letting developers create better software" but every R&D project comes at a cost and we must satisfy a wide audience of developers to the best of our ability.

    We will make it as easy as possible for existing subscribers to transition to the brand new product range at no extra cost.

    We will provide a cheaper option for those developers that choose not to take advantage of the brand new tools.

    We will continue to listen to people like yourself that are passionate about what you do and are committed to making a difference.


    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.

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