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MSDN Subscriptions - feeling short-changed RRS feed

  • Question

  • I subscribe to MSDN Professional as I am self-employed and that is what my budget dictates.

    Microsoft should offer their COMPLETE set of development tools and not peace-meal. That means as developers, tools that integrate with VS2008 should be INCLUDED in the MSDN Professional package, like Expression Blend for intance.

    How can MS put out tools that go together and make development that much more "streamlined" from design through to delivery and NOT include a tools like Blend for Silverlight?

    Sorry, feeling rather short-changed by MS right now and I'm sure others feel the same on different tools. I don't need Team Suite and Visio etc etc that is in Premium but at least complete the basic toolset in the Professional Edition.

    Microsoft, show just a lttle respect for the 1000s of developers that DO subscribe to your product libraries and make more complete packages conducive to a full dev. setup and not continually expect more $$ around EVERY corner.  Another $1300 more for a Premium subscription that I don't need...just for the Expression tools which, in my opinion SHOULD go along with Visual Studio? I think not!

    Thank You.

    Now I'm wondering if your moderators will even post this :)  Guess we'll see!

    Wednesday, September 2, 2009 12:05 PM

Answers

  • Lindsay, here is the response from our Product Manager:

    Our MSDN subscription offerings have a range of prices and a range of benefits.  We intentionally don’t offer everything in MSDN Professional because if we did we’d have to charge more.  You may find it beneficial to purchase Expression Blend separately if that is the only thing extra you need that is included in MSDN Premium but not in MSDN Professional.


    Thanks,
    Mike

    MSDN and TechNet Subscriptions Support
    Thursday, September 10, 2009 1:41 PM
    Moderator

All replies

  • Posts are automatically published on forums Lindsay, so your post was automatically published.  :) 

    Thanks for your feedback.  I will pass it on to our product manager.  If I get a response back from him I will post it here.

    Thanks,
    Mike


    MSDN and TechNet Subscriptions Support
    Friday, September 4, 2009 5:17 PM
    Moderator
  • Lindsay, here is the response from our Product Manager:

    Our MSDN subscription offerings have a range of prices and a range of benefits.  We intentionally don’t offer everything in MSDN Professional because if we did we’d have to charge more.  You may find it beneficial to purchase Expression Blend separately if that is the only thing extra you need that is included in MSDN Premium but not in MSDN Professional.


    Thanks,
    Mike

    MSDN and TechNet Subscriptions Support
    Thursday, September 10, 2009 1:41 PM
    Moderator
  • Microsoft should offer their COMPLETE set of development tools and not peace-meal. That means as developers, tools that integrate with VS2008 should be INCLUDED in the MSDN Professional package, like Expression Blend for intance.

    How can MS put out tools that go together and make development that much more "streamlined" from design through to delivery and NOT include a tools like Blend for Silverlight?

    Sorry, feeling rather short-changed by MS right now and I'm sure others feel the same on different tools. I don't need Team Suite and Visio etc etc that is in Premium but at least complete the basic toolset in the Professional Edition.

    I agree 100%.  If MS thinks Silverlight is so important and value its adoption, why place it only in the upper echelon of subscriptions?  I at least expect to see some sort of visual designer for Silverlight in VS 2010.
    Monday, September 28, 2009 9:27 PM
  • As another MSDN Professional subscriber, I also agree entirely.  Frankly, we are acting as evangelists for Microsoft to our clients.  We are tying our clients to Microsoft's software platform.  You would think that they would make it as easy and cheap as possible for developers to use it .  I've been with MS for many years now but it seems that MS is becoming less and less friendly to small developers every year.  Open source is a very tempting alternative when you consider our costs (as well those of our clients).  Don't lean on us too hard - we might go!
    Thursday, November 12, 2009 9:28 PM
  • I also have MSDN Professional. I have started using VS2010 with silverlight. Most of the tasks i wish to try achieve when i look on forumns the solution requires expression blend. Why is this tool not available in professional subscription?

    Their are two versions of expression studio, Ultimate and Web Professional where the latter sounds like it is the product which should be included in my subscribtion. Please microsoft can you look at what your Silverlight Product Specialist are preaching and make sure that the audience of professionals have acces to the tools they need through their MSDN professional subscriptions.

    Tuesday, November 16, 2010 5:25 PM