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MSDN subscriptions

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What you get

MSDN subscription benefits vary by membership opportunity, as shown in the following table.

Membership opportunity
Community Microsoft Action Pack Subscription1 Silver competency Gold Competency
Not applicable 3 MSDN for Microsoft Action Pack subscriptions (includes Visual Studio Professional) 5 Microsoft Visual Studio Premium with MSDN subscriptions 10 Microsoft Visual Studio Premium with MSDN subscriptions

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.

Additional subscriptions for selected competencies

MSDN license grants by competency
Competency Silver competency license grants Gold competency license grants
Application Development 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

How partner MSDN subscriptions differ from paid subscriptions

Subscription comparison
Purchased MSDN subscriptions MSDN subscriptions offered through the Partner Network
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

Benefit maximums

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.

MSDN subscription limits
MSDN subscription level Maximum silver competency grants Maximum gold competency grants
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.

How to assign MSDN subscriptions

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.

How to activate your MSDN subscription

Take these steps to activate your MSDN subscription:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

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