Microsoft Announces New MSDN Subscription Service Offerings

REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 1, 2001 — Microsoft Corp. today announced pricing and availability for two new levels of subscription services to the MSDN® developer program that will provide its most important customers — developers — with the information and software they need to successfully build XML Web services and applications. Now every level of Microsoft® Visual Studio® .NET has a corresponding level of MSDN subscriptions, providing developers with a clear path from the tools to the services that will make them successful.

MSDN now offers five subscription levels, each tailored to suit the varying needs of professional developers. Through the priority access feature, subscribers to MSDN will continue to be the first to receive the latest Microsoft products, such as Visual Studio .NET, server and operating system technologies and product information. Subscribers to the new Operating Systems level and above received the highly anticipated Microsoft Windows® XP operating system on Sept. 24, more than a month before its scheduled Oct. 25 availability in retail stores.

Another feature of MSDN subscriber downloads and automatic shipments, provides subscribers to MSDN with access to beta technologies and the most comprehensive product information authored by the programmers and designers of the products; developers will receive the latest Microsoft technologies and information as they are released.
“MSDN has delivered on software as a service for many years. In that time, we have received a lot of feedback from our customers that has helped us improve the program and provide more value for developers,” said Tom Button, vice president of developer tools at Microsoft.Our business depends on the success of Microsoft developers worldwide, and the new MSDN levels provide improved service and richer resources so developers can focus squarely on successfully building Web applications and XML Web services.

More information and purchase or renewal of MSDN subscriptions is available at .

The new MSDN subscription levels will be available starting Oct. 1, 2001, and will provide the following:

  • MSDN Library, which provides the basic technical resources for developers, such as the following:

  • Programming information, code samples, sample applications, technical documentation and technical articles

  • $199 new, $99 renewal

  • MSDN Operating Systems, which provides the basic resources of the MSDN Library, plus the following:

  • All Microsoft operating systems, SDKs and DDKs — full versions licensed for development and test only

  • $699 new, $499 renewal

  • MSDN Professional, which includes all operating system and technical resources in MSDN Operating Systems, plus the following:

  • Visual Studio Professional

  • Visual FoxPro® database development system

  • $1,199 new, $899 renewal

  • MSDN Enterprise, which builds on MSDN Professional and includes the following:

  • Visual Studio Enterprise Developer

  • The Visual SourceSafe® version control system, the Visual FoxPro database development system

  • Four .NET Enterprise Servers: SQL Server™
    , Commerce Server, Exchange Server and Host Integration Server – full versions licensed for development and test only

  • $2,199 new, $1,599 renewal

  • MSDN Universal, which provides the most comprehensive set of technologies and resources Microsoft offers for developers, including everything in MSDN Enterprise plus the following:

  • Visual Studio .NET Enterprise Architect

  • All .NET Enterprise Servers: Microsoft SQL Server, Commerce Server, Exchange Server, HIS, BizTalk™ Server, Content Management Server, SharePoint™
    Portal Server, Mobile Information Server, Application Center, Internet Security and Acceleration Server, Operations Management, Systems Management Server — full versions licensed for development and test only

  • Microsoft Office Developer, Visio® drawing and diagramming software, MapPoint® business mapping software, Microsoft Project

  • $2,799 new, $2,299 renewal

In addition to the two new subscription levels, Microsoft recently launched a new academic MSDN membership program, the MSDN Academic Alliance, designed to meet the needs of students and education institutions providing instruction on software development. This program provides the students and faculty of computer science, engineering and information systems departments with the latest Microsoft technology for instructional and research purposes at an annual fee of $799 per department. More details on the MSDN Academic Alliance can be found at .

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