Is Visual Studio 2010 Premium worth buying?

This time it works. There are no other options in the dropdown so I hit Continue. This goes through a couple of redirects, lands back on the same page with a different URL https: Later it becomes clear to me that this error is factually correct, if unhelpful. In desperation I click Create new Azure subscription but it takes me to a page on windowsazure. In passing I notice that Firefox has blocked Flash on the site and briefly wonder why the site uses Flash at all: Later it will become apparent that this was a mistake and, I suppose, my bad.

I end up back at https: Switching between these profiles involves 3 redirects taking around 4 seconds in total. I have access only to Visual Studio Dev Essentials benefits i. In the end I call the relevant Microsoft UK support line on and select option 3 for Visual Studio subscriptions. He gave me a number to call for Azure support who would be able to help me.

I went through the process of creating a new subscription, supplying new payment information along the way my old payment method had long since expired , which went fairly smoothly and I ended up in the Azure portal, as expected, with all my stuff most of it entirely uninteresting: So about an hour and a half has passed since I first tried to buy Visual Studio.

Now I go back through the process to buy Visual Studio for the third time, and end up back on this page again, only now my new Pay-As-You-Go subscription is showing up: This time when I click Continue the subscription check succeeds and I can go ahead and select a quantity, confirm my acceptance of the terms and conditions, and click Confirm. I get a message indicating that my purchase has been successful.

When I go to the benefits section of my account, all I have are the essentials, and both the Subscriptions and Downloads sections of my account are still blank: I speak to a guy called Adam.

He tells me I should have received a welcome email. He also asks me to send him screenshots of my subscriptions area, and my manage. This is frustrating. This is fine. I have a meeting, then I have lunch.

I call support again and end up talking to Adam again. He tells me that my enquiry will be dealt with. About half an hour later I get an email from Adam contact details redacted: On 30 Aug , at Once there is a feedback in your case we will inform you accordingly. My apologies for this inconvenience. Thank you for cooperation and understanding in advance.

For the hell of it I try buying again with a completely fresh private browsing session in Firefox but end up at the same roadblock. I log in to Azure again and have a look at my subscriptions at https: If I click on the new subscription I see this: It confirms my suspicion about the disabled Update button: This seems pretty straightforward so I just click on Basic Support which, after a few redirects, takes me to https: I select Account Administration from the dropdown.

This shows me a category list: Now I get a section appear that allows me to contact Microsoft: I click Start request. This takes me to https: The problem is in the top right hand corner.

Worried I might be about to disappear down another irrelevant rabbit hole I start a new private browsing session and try to go through the same process but this time I log in to visualstudio. It makes no difference and I end up back in the same place, only it looks like it signed me out somewhere along the way. I decide to fill in the form anyway. Remember that more than 24 hours has now elapsed since my initial purchase attempt. At least on this occasion my submission is successful: In the meantime I hear from somebody called Michal at eu.

Dear Bart, Thank you for your e-mail. Let me kindly inform you that we are still waiting for response from the responsible department. We will contact you as soon as any new information is available. Where does all of this leave me? Microsoft sites use way too many redirects. So many actions result in three or four redirects back and forth between different properties. This makes sense: Microsoft wants you to be out there flogging the latest and greatest.

You get five MSDN subscriptions on the silver level, and ten on the gold. However, weirdly, with silver and gold competencies you get MSDN subscriptions that you cannot use for direct revenue generating activities examples they give include developing bespoke software for a fee, or customisation as part of deployment , but you can use them to develop a commercial application which partners sell - emphasis on "sell" is mine, it's unclear how this works if you're giving stuff away free.

You should note that you can "top up" the amount of licenses you get by getting more competencies. Refer to the calculator linked above for more information on this. All in all, the silver and gold competencies in the Partner Network give you most of the software needed to run a decent sized IT solutions business, and all of the software needed depending on how you actually make money from the software that you write.

You also get advisory hours i. What these do is get you licenses for cash without the heavy involvement of the Partner Network via the demonstration of competency through obtaining "competencies". It should be said that with both of these offer elements of the support and sales and marketing help as the full programme - again, Microsoft's payback in this is that you will shift more licenses.

Both subscriptions have the same rules about to internal use - i. Although, weirdly, they also include the rule about not allowing custom software development.

An important wrinkle is, like the silver and gold competency benefits, you have to be running the latest and greatest. You can pay a little extra to get physical media.

MSDN is the granddaddy of Microsoft developer programmes. It's basically "everything". Would you like Windows 3. That is fine. Access 2. Dyanamics AX? MapPoint ? BizTalk ? There's line items on the a spreadsheet that you can download here - although, remember, I said "spreadsheet".

There are eight current MSDN levels. All of them have that lovely, labourious naming that we have come to love from Microsoft. MSDN Essentials is the level that you get when you buy Visual Studio at retail see the blog entry here , and so we'll ignore that. Importantly with the full silver and gold competency levels on the full Partner Network, you get the Visual Studio Premium with MSDN licenses five on silver, ten on gold.

On the other two you get the more esoteric read "pricey" products, e. There are some differences in the software that you get as part of the core subscription, although the core OS and server stuff you are likely to need is there. I'll leave the "Test Professional" edition for a moment.

The version of Visual Studio that I use on a daily basis is Professional, and I must admit I've never hankered after anything in the other versions. The key differences are that in Premium and Ultimate have more debugging and profiling tools. Professional has standard unit testing, whereas Premium includes a few more tools and Ultimate has a whole raft of testing and profiling tools.

Next, Premium and Ultimate both have a collection of frankly irrelevant database tools. On the modelling side, with Ultimate you get all of that but not in Professional and Premium and if you're into modelling, why would you not use a stand-alone tool?

Ultimate also gives you something called "Lab Management". In summary, it's not obvious what you get with Ultimate or Premium that's so amazing, or that certainly can't be filled with, as alluded to, third-party tools.

This gives us three remaining MSDN variants to look at. Visual Studio Test Professional is designed for testers who are "embedded" into the test cycle.

We haven't spoken much about TFS here but there's a shared toolset for managing the quality aspect of development. Like Test Professional, if you're in this area you're pretty specialised. Confused yet? You probably are. This arrangement frankly is not pretty. Here is some rough street pricing: Another thing on the MSDN side is that you also get some Azure usage, details of which can be found here although, as we're about to see, the benefits are paltry.

BizSpark BizSpark is a programme to encourage startup businesses to build their solutions on the Microsoft stack. I say "encourage" - BizSpark is firmly from the "your first hit is free" school of marketing.

It would be non-trivial to switch away from the Microsoft stack once your startup was up and running. To short circuit the discussion, BizSpark helpfully says that you get access to most of the licences available in Visual Studio Ultimate with MSDN, although confusingly they they go on to explicitly state that it is Visual Studio Ultimate that you get. See this page.

There is no clearly given limit to the number of users on you can have on the programme, presumably because the eligibility requirements act as a natural ceiling.

Once your membership is up, you "graduate" from the programme and buy your licenses at a discount. A caveat laden discount - follow the single asterisk on this page.

Where BizSpark gets more interesting is on the production server licensing. Remember, with the other programmes thus far you cannot use the licenses in production environments - they are internal use only.

You can use the licenses providing you are not just exposing out core functionality e.

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