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MSDN subscription benefits vary by membership opportunity, as shown in the following table.
1MSDN subscription benefits are available to you through your Microsoft Action Pack subscription for the initial year. When you renew your Action Pack subscription, you will need to meet the re-enrollment requirements to maintain your access to Visual Studio Professional. Refer to the Action Pack User Guide for details.
Note: MSDN subscriptions are licensed per user. View MSDN licensing for details.
||5 Microsoft Visual Studio Premium with MSDN subscriptions
||25 Microsoft Visual Studio Premium with MSDN subscriptions |
|Application Lifecycle Management
||1 Microsoft Visual Studio Ultimate with MSDN subscription
||5 Microsoft Visual Studio Ultimate with MSDN subscriptions |
|Internal or external development and testing
||Internal development and testing only; no projects for external customers or other direct revenue-generating activities|
MSDN technical support incidents
|No MSDN technical support incidents, although general technical support is provided as part of the Microsoft Partner Network core benefits|
|Priority support in MSDN Forums
||No priority support in MSDN Forums, although general technical support is offered as part of the Microsoft Partner Network core benefits|
|Windows Store and Windows Phone Store benefits (depending on subscription level)
||No Windows Store or Windows Phone Store accounts available without a MSDN subscription, although Windows Phone discount offers are available as part of the Microsoft Partner Network core benefits|
|Licensing terms: MSDN subscription end-user licensing agreement (EULA) for retail purchases or product use rights for purchases through Microsoft Volume Licensing
||Licensing terms: MSDN subscriptions not for resale (NFR) EULA, and any other terms related to participation in the Microsoft Partner Network|
There are limits to the number of MSDN subscriptions that a partner organization may earn, regardless of core benefits or the number of competencies achieved. These limits apply at both the country and worldwide levels.
|Microsoft Visual Studio Premium with MSDN
||25 subscriptions per country, 75 worldwide
||50 subscriptions per country, 150 worldwide|
|Microsoft Visual Studio Ultimate with MSDN*
||5 subscriptions per country, 15 worldwide
||25 subscriptions per country, 75 worldwide|
*Available only with the Application Lifecycle Management competency.
The partner program administrator assigns MSDN subscriptions to employees through the Partner Membership Center: if you are a program administrator and need assistance on how to assign users to the MSDN subscriptions, please refer to the Program Administrator Guide.
Only those employees who have activated their MSDN subscriptions are eligible to use the software. You cannot assign more subscriptions than your organization has earned through its Microsoft Partner Network benefits.
Take these steps to activate your MSDN subscription:
- Check that you have been assigned a subscription by visiting the MSDN subscriptions tab on the Individual Account Home at the Partner Membership Center. Check the spelling of your first and last name and your email address, because you must type these in to match what is listed on your individual profile. Also make note of the Technical ID listed next to your name.
- Go to the Activate My Subscription page and enter your first name, last name, email address, and MSDN subscriber ID (using the partner technical ID from your profile). If you receive an error, it could be because your subscription was recently assigned and is not yet ready for activation—just return the next day to activate. Otherwise, you should check that your name, email address, and subscriber ID match what is listed on your individual profile. If you continue to receive an error, contact the Microsoft Partner Network support team.
Note: only members with an active subscription are entitled to use the software. If you are using Visual Studio 2013 editions (Professional, Premium, Ultimate), you are required to login with your MSDN credentials at least once every 30 days or your copy of Visual Studio will move to a trial copy. Sharing sign-in credentials is prohibited.