How to buy Visual Studio
How to buy
The primary way to license users of Visual Studio 2012 products is by purchasing the appropriate level MSDN subscription for each user who will be participating in software development projects. Visual Studio products are offered through a variety of retail and volume licensing sales channels. Except for direct purchases through MSDN Subscriptions or Microsoft Store, license purchases are made through a software reseller.
For an overview of the Visual Studio 2012 product line, including MSDN subscriptions, and the licensing requirements for those products in common deployment scenarios, download the Visual Studio 2012 and MSDN Licensing white paper .
Upgrading to Visual Studio Professional 2012
As the entry-level professional product of the Visual Studio family, Visual Studio Professional is the mainstay developer tool of choice for many developers and development teams around the world. Prior to the release of Visual Studio 2012, we lowered the estimated retail price of Visual Studio 2010 Professional. Since this pricing change makes the full version less expensive than the previous upgrade pricing, we no longer offer an upgrade price for Visual Studio Professional.
Why buy an MSDN Subscription?
Software development doesn’t stand still—you push the technology envelope one day, and then need yesterday’s platforms and tools to support legacy apps the next. An MSDN Subscription gives you access to Microsoft platforms and tools from the past and present, with new releases being added all the time. Plus, since it includes Team Foundation Server, you get the tools you need to work well with others. And now you have services to take your apps to the cloud, Windows Store, and Windows Phone Marketplace. Get an MSDN Subscription and raise your development game.