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MSDN Platforms - New Subscription Level

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  • Dear MSDN Subscribers,

    Since I haven't found this information in any of the Microsoft site i thought it would be good to share it here. Microsoft have now included a new subscription level called "MSDN Platforms" This level is not available for retail purchase but can be purchased through Volume Licensing.

    MSDN Platforms - May 2013

    From June 1st, 2013, Microsoft will offer MSDN Platforms to its Volume Licensing customers.

    MSDN platforms is a subscription that conveniently and cost-effectively provides IT Pros and non-Microsoft Developers comprehensive access to the Microsoft platform, services, tools and resources, to support the development and testing of high-quality applications for the Web, Cloud and Windows.

    With a MSDN Platforms subscription, you can:

        Download the software you need
        Collaborate on IT projects across your organization
        Get help with professional technical support
        Get help from other experts from MSDN and TechNet forums
        Enhance your skillset with training
        Connect with your peers

    Visual Studio is not included in the MSDN Platforms subscription, and downloads are only available in digital format.

    SKU samples:
    SKU Number      SKU Name
    3VU-00006          MSDNPltfrms ALNG SA OLV NL 1Y AcY1 AP
    3VU-00043          MSDNPltfrms ALNG LicSAPk MVL
    3VU-00044          MSDNPltfrms ALNG SA MVL

    Sources:
    http://h30458.www3.hp.com/uk/en/ent/a4-msdn-platforms.html
    http://h30458.www3.hp.com/us/us/ent/need-dev-test-support-_1302952.html
    http://microsoft.also.ch/fileadmin/Dateien/Dokumente/Pricelist/Juni_2013_Price_List_Guide.pdf
    http://www.olly.ru/node/769

    Note: Mike if you have more information about this level please do add it. Thanks

    Regards,
    prathaprabhu


    Thursday, June 13, 2013 11:49 AM

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  • Could this also be extended to retail? The issue is that as a contractor working in an Enterprise with VL I'm unable to access those benefits to support the business as I'm not a direct employee. Technet has been available but next year that is no longer an option. Running eval is not viable due to the numbers of systems that require support and rebuilding DC's, SCCM, SharePoint, SCOM... etc every 180 days just aint going to happen. Thanks
    Monday, September 16, 2013 8:36 AM
  • I guess no. MSDN Platforms only available for VLSC Customers and it only be purchased through Volume Licensing.
    Thursday, October 24, 2013 10:41 AM
  • As an independent contractor I agree that this is a terrible turn of events. Microsoft, please be aware that locking down your products is not the same thing as locking out your dedicated independent consultants. I am now forced to use open source offerings for services and infrastructure within my home lab and I don't intend on wasting that education in a vacuum. Since Microsoft has forced me into adoption of open source I have been resentfully preparing to certify in open source technologies. Truth be told, I still need Microsoft Exchange as that is my core expertise but using scripts and Puppet for configuration I can easily get by with the evals and BTW, I will be certifying in Puppet so thanks Microsoft for helping me expand my horizons. In closing I don't appreciate being locked out simply because I'm in the minority and I hope Microsoft reviews their unwise decision before I've completely embraced an ABM mentality.
    Thursday, December 12, 2013 8:49 AM
  • James are you talking about the technet retirement?  There is a thread about that here: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/home?forum=tnfeedback

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    Thursday, December 12, 2013 4:49 PM
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  • As an independent contractor I agree that this is a terrible turn of events. Microsoft, please be aware that locking down your products is not the same thing as locking out your dedicated independent consultants. I am now forced to use open source offerings for services and infrastructure within my home lab and I don't intend on wasting that education in a vacuum. Since Microsoft has forced me into adoption of open source I have been resentfully preparing to certify in open source technologies. Truth be told, I still need Microsoft Exchange as that is my core expertise but using scripts and Puppet for configuration I can easily get by with the evals and BTW, I will be certifying in Puppet so thanks Microsoft for helping me expand my horizons. In closing I don't appreciate being locked out simply because I'm in the minority and I hope Microsoft reviews their unwise decision before I've completely embraced an ABM mentality.

    If you are going opensource because of a subscription change your are doing it wrong. But since you are here is a link to you can go all in. http://www.openchange.org/

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014 8:04 PM