The essential fact to remember when licensing Visual Studio is that Volume licensing is the key to having the best return on your financial investment. Even for the sole developer that has just ONE license, Volume licensing applies. The decision to pay each year for three years, or up front for two years, is a financial consideration; the fact is, there is little difference in price when the costs are annualized.
So, when licensing Visual Studio with MSDN, just ONE license allows Volume pricing.
Microsoft has always given developers preferential terms. Back in the Steve Ballmer days he would pound the stage professing his (and Microsoft’s) lifelong commitment to the development community. And of course it made sense then and still makes sense now. The developers are key, particularly since the OEM community has been decimated in the last few years.
The renewal process, for year two and year three, when you license under an Open value Agreement, is down to us, at Parkway Gordon. We send you an invoice 45 days before it is due for payment. We would never badger you, but sometimes gently remind you, or your accounts people that payment is due.
We securely retain your license details so we can always help when Microsoft carry out their audits, which they often do.