Microsoft on Monday detailed pricing and licensing terms for Visual Studio 2005, one of the
company's development tool sets.
The company also announced a simplification of its
Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) subscriptions, the primary vehicle through which most
developers obtain Visual Studio.
Microsoft plans to reduce the retail price 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 that includes integrated software life-cycle
Current Visual Studio users will be eligible for promotional pricing to acquire MSDN
subscriptions now in preparation for Visual Studio 2005, the release of which is expected in
the second half of 2005.
"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.
The Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition will cost US$799, while Visual Studio 2005
Standard Edition will cost $299.
With the addition of Visual Studio Team System, Microsoft is hoping to expand the audience
reach of the Visual Studio product line beyond individual developers to entire development
teams. To facilitate this strategy, the company has added new tools for project managers,
software testers, infrastructure and software architects, and I.T. business decision-makers.
The Team System also offers new features for software developers. With integrated application
design, development and quality tools, as well as a customizable software process
methodology, Team System is designed to offer 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.
"The trend to align I.T. and the line of business clearly mandates that the I.T. organization
provide value throughout the entire application life cycle," said Theresa Lanowitz, research
director at Gartner. "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
In preparation for Visual Studio 2005, Microsoft also will offer promotional pricing for customers
who want to purchase or upgrade an MSDN subscription. Acquiring MSDN Universal allows
customers to take advantage of the no-cost upgrade to Visual Studio 2005 Team System
when the product is available in the second half of 2005.
What has not been cleared out is whether the updated version will have solved important issues and bugs reported for the current version of the Microsoft platform.
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