MSDN Subscription Benefits available to the Visual Studio software developer.
Software, Services, Support & Training. In short a massive array of resources that help developers create applications. There is an enormous library of current and previous versions of Microsoft software. Plus access to Microsoft’s Applications Life Cycle Management (ALM) solutions and Microsoft Azure, all of which provides the resources needed to support the demanding software development process that today’s applications require.
An MSDN Subscription offers the following significant benefits:
An extensive software “Back Version” Collection:
Generally this is regarded as the primary MSDN subscription benefit by developers. An MSDN subscription offers direct access to Microsoft’s back software. Over 11 terabytes of data, offering developers thousands of downloads, covering different products, versions and languages, plus tools and development kits. The latest version Microsoft products are available for download. Plus support for previous versions software titles as well, for those working in environments that do not use the latest releases.
MSDN offers multiple device support: Design, develop, test and demonstrate applications on multiple devices. Saving money on software license costs during development. Just one subscription for each person on your team is required so everyone can enjoy the benefits.
Visual Studio Online: Offers an end-to-end, cloud-based ALM solution that handles everything from version control and code reviews to agile planning and automated builds.
Microsoft Azure: Receive a monthly credit to use for whatever Microsoft Azure service you want. Build native cloud applications, test existing applications in virtual machines or create hybrid applications that span your data centre and Microsoft Azure. Eliminate the cost of buying hardware for testing by using Microsoft Azure MSDN credits. Take advantage of instant provisioning to develop and test applications faster.
Pluralsight Training: Receive a 10, 20, or 30 course Pluralsight training subscription benefit as an MSDN subscriber. Pluralsight is the world’s largest tech training library providing on-line courses for professional developers and IT admins. Your benefit includes a great selection of courses covering the latest in development—increase your skill set while learning from industry experts. Plus, courses will be updated regularly so you always be taught the latest products.
Office 365 Developer Subscription: As an MSDN subscriber, be eligible for a single-user Office 365 Developer Subscription. Use the Office 365 Developer Site as a development and testing environment for creating apps for Office and SharePoint. Shorten set-up time and start creating, testing, and deploying applications the day you start. Best of all, when signing up for an Office 365 Developer Subscription enables applications to be published in the Office Store. Make free or paid applications available to the hundreds of millions of Office and SharePoint users worldwide.
Forums to support MSDN Subscribers: MSDN offers access to a numerous support issues, including tricky technical problems encountered for the first time. First, the forums where you can post questions to be answered by a Microsoft engineer if the MSDN community doesn’t give the answer first.
Technical Support Incidents: Which entitles developers to receive professional technical support for up to four incidents depending on the subscription level. These support incidents can be used for assistance with technical break-fix issues in non-production environments through Microsoft Technical Support.
Online Chat: A one-to-one web-based chat service for all subscribers for answers to non-technical questions about navigating the MSDN site, finding Knowledge Base (KB) articles, and using Subscriber Downloads. MSDN Online Chat is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
MSDN Magazine: This is the publication to read for comprehensive coverage of Microsoft technologies for the desktop, the Internet and mobile devices. As part of the indispensable MSDN family of developer resources, MSDN Magazine brings you solutions to the real-world problems faced daily by the development community. Whether building Web Services, integrating legacy data stores, or mastering .NET, MSDN Magazine has it covered.