Free MSDN Magazine subscription to MSDN Premium subscribers in the US

I was chatting with a few Microsoft folks last week, and they asked me if they could get a discounted rate on MSDN Magazine.  (Not that it's expensive to begin with; at $35 if you buy it through the MSDN Magazine Web site, and at $25 if you buy it through the offers typically distributed at conferences, an entire year's worth of issues is cheaper than most individual development books.) They were amazed when I told them they could get the magazine for free, not because they were Microsoft employees, but because they had MSDN Premium subscriptions.

That's right.  Apparently we've done too good a job at keeping this a secret (oops), but if you're an MSDN Premium subscriber in the US, you can get MSDN Magazine for free... all you have to do is sign up for it!

To register, simply go to, sign in to "My MSDN Subscription," and click on "Subscriber Downloads and Product Keys." About half way down the page, you'll see information about the "MSDN Magazine offer for MSDN Premium Subscribers." Click and register... that's all there is to it.

Comments (11)

  1. Sonu Kapoor says:

    Only for subscribers in the US? Any chance to get this expanded to Canadian subscribers as well?

  2. I’d love for the offer to be extended to Canadian subscribers (and more specifically, to all subscribers everywhere).  Unfortunately, due to postal rates, we haven’t been able to do this.  For now, if you go to that page after logging into the MSDN subscriptions portal, you’ll see that subscribers in Canada can get a subscription for $9.95 USD (which goes to subsidize shipping); definitely better than $35 USD, though certainly not as good as $0.  I’m hoping that at some point we’ll figure out how to make it free to all subscribers everywhere, but for now, the free offer is just for those in the US.  Thanks for asking, though.

  3. Peter Ritchie says:

    Once again, burned for being Canadian.

    Take off eh!


  4. Sonu Kapoor says:

    I guess 9.95 isn’t that bad either although free would be nice 🙂

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  11. Dona says:

    Lucky enough! It’s a good thing you have found that free magazine subscription!

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