Microsoft Details Pricing and Licensing for Visual Studio 2005 and Simplifies Microsoft Developer Network Subscriptions

New Versions of Visual Studio 2005 and MSDN Subscription Offerings Reflect

Price Cut Incentives to Upgrade From Visual Studio .NET

Mar 21, 2005, 00:00 ET from Microsoft Corp.

    REDMOND, Wash., March 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Microsoft Corp.
 (Nasdaq:   MSFT) today detailed pricing and licensing terms for Visual Studio(R)
 2005, its comprehensive application development tool set, as well as
 simplification of its Microsoft(R) Developer Network (MSDN(R)) subscriptions,
 the primary vehicle through which most developers obtain Visual Studio.
 Microsoft will reduce the estimated retail price(1) of Visual Studio 2005
 Professional Edition while offering special pricing to existing MSDN
 subscribers for Visual Studio 2005 Team System, the expansion of the Visual
 Studio product line to include integrated software life-cycle tools. In
 addition, current Visual Studio users will be eligible for promotional pricing
 to acquire MSDN subscriptions now, in preparation for Visual Studio 2005,
 expected in the second half of calendar year 2005. This will enable more
 developers to take advantage of the productivity, security enhancements and
 improved deployment capabilities of the .NET Framework.
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     "With Visual Studio 2005 Team System, Microsoft introduces features and
 technologies to support application development through all phases of the
 software life cycle, from development to deployment," said S. Somasegar,
 corporate vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft. "In addition,
 more accessible tools pricing for small businesses and simplification of MSDN
 subscription levels for our enterprise customers will enable Microsoft to
 deliver a complete development platform to satisfy developers at all levels."
     New subscription and renewal estimated retail pricing for Microsoft Visual
 Studio 2005 Professional and Standard editions follow:
     -- Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition:  $799 (upgrade:  $549)
     -- Visual Studio 2005 Tools for the Microsoft Office System:
        $799 (upgrade: $549)
     -- Visual Studio 2005 Standard Edition:  $299 (upgrade:  $199)
     -- Visual Studio 2005 Express editions will be $49.
     Visual Studio 2005 Team System and MSDN Subscriptions for New Customers
     With the addition of Visual Studio Team System, Microsoft expands the
 definition and audience reach of the Visual Studio product line beyond
 developers to development teams, adding new tools for project managers,
 software testers, infrastructure and software architects, and IT business
 decision-makers. The Team System also offers new advanced features for
 software developers. With tightly integrated application design, development
 and quality tools, as well as a customizable software process methodology,
 Team System offers development teams the tools and processes that will help
 them increase the predictability of successful projects, gain greater
 organizational efficiency and lower overall development costs. Visual Studio
 Team System's role-based product line includes Visual Studio Team Edition for
 Software Architects, Visual Studio Team Edition for Software Developers and
 Visual Studio Team Edition for Software Testers. Also included in Visual
 Studio Team System is the Visual Studio Team Suite, which contains all three
 role-based products, and the new Visual Studio Team Foundation Server for more
 efficient team collaboration.
     "The trend to align IT and the line of business clearly mandates that the
 IT organization provide value throughout the entire application life cycle,"
 said Theresa Lanowitz, research director at Gartner Inc. "Requirements for
 products in this market and category have shifted away from individual point
 products and have instead begun to focus on strategic planning throughout the
 life cycle. Use of these more strategic products is expected to be one
 component of building an application quality ecosystem that also consists of
 people and process."
     Most Visual Studio users receive Visual Studio through an MSDN
 subscription, and MSDN provides Software Assurance for Visual Studio.
 Customers choose an MSDN subscription level and receive development and test
 licenses for Microsoft servers and applications along with an accompanying
 Visual Studio product. With Visual Studio Team System, customers will continue
 to receive these MSDN subscription benefits with the new line of subscriptions
 that complement the Visual Studio 2005 product line.
     Subscription and renewal estimated retail pricing for Visual Studio 2005
 Team System offers tremendous value relative to the traditionally costly
 life-cycle products in this segment; prices for volume licenses start at
 $3,191 including Software Assurance. More information about the estimated
 retail pricing for Visual Studio 2005 Team System can be found at .
     In addition, Microsoft will offer an MSDN subscription with Visual Studio
 Professional Edition products to afford small businesses the same subscription
 benefits as large enterprises:
     -- Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition with MSDN Premium subscription:
        $2,499 (renewal: $1,999)
     -- Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition with MSDN Professional
        subscription:  $1,199 (renewal:  $799)
     -- MSDN Operating Systems subscription:  $699 (renewal: $499)
     -- MSDN Library subscription:  $199 (renewal: $99)
     No-Cost Upgrades for Active MSDN Universal Subscribers
     Existing MSDN Universal subscribers can enjoy a seamless transition to
 Visual Studio 2005 Team System and automatically receive a no-cost upgrade to
 one of the role-based subscription products for each active subscription
 license they own at the time of product availability. Special upgrade pricing
 to the Team Suite also will be available. Active subscribers may elect to
 renew their subscription and preserve their existing pricing for future
 renewals, if they choose; customers without subscriptions, or customers whose
 subscriptions have lapsed at the time of product availability, will not
 receive these special pricing offers.
     Promotional Opportunity to Prepare for Visual Studio 2005
     In preparation for Visual Studio 2005, Microsoft will also offer
 promotional pricing for customers who want to purchase or upgrade an MSDN
 subscription. Acquiring MSDN Universal today will enable customers to take
 advantage of the no-cost upgrade to Visual Studio 2005 Team System upon the
 product's availability in the second half of 2005.
     Visual Studio 2005 Transition Benefits Extend to Microsoft Partners
     The Microsoft Partner Program provides software and developer license
 benefits via an MSDN subscription. Along with Visual Studio 2005 product
 availability, partners will enjoy upgrade and transition benefits. Details
 about Microsoft Partner Program changes will be available to all partners
 beginning today. Appropriate transition plans will support partners through
 this change in their benefits.
     About Visual Studio
     -- Visual Studio 2005 Team System, productive, integrated and extensible
        software life-cycle tools that enable businesses to reduce the
        complexity of delivering service-oriented solutions
     -- Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition, the comprehensive development
        tool for professional developers working alone or in small teams
     -- Visual Studio 2005 Standard Edition, a flexible development tool for
        part-time or line-of-business application developers building
        Windows(R)-based, Web or mobile applications
     -- Visual Studio 2005 Tools for the Microsoft Office System, the
        comprehensive development tool for professional developers building
        Microsoft Office System solutions using Excel, Word and InfoPath(R)
     -- Visual Studio 2005 Express editions:
           -- Visual Web Developer(TM) 2005 Express Edition, a lightweight tool
              for building dynamic Web sites and Web services
           -- Visual Basic(R) 2005 Express Edition, Visual C#(R) 2005 Express
              Edition, Visual C++(R) 2005 Express Edition and Visual J#(R) 2005
              Express Edition, streamlined programming tools that help
              beginning programmers learn how to build Windows-based
     About Microsoft
     Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services
 and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
     (1)  Pricing given is estimated retail pricing; reseller prices may vary.
          All prices given are in U.S. dollars.
     NOTE:  Microsoft, Visual Studio, MSDN, Windows, InfoPath, Visual Web
 Developer, Visual Basic, Visual C#, Visual C++ and Visual J# are either
 registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States
 and/or other countries.
     The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
 trademarks of their respective owners.

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