Microsoft is making some adjustments to the Visual Studio and MSDN licensing with the release of Visual Studio 2010. For customers that purchase Visual Studio via retail the MSDN Essentials Subscription will be available. MSDN Essentials Subscribers will have access wo Windows 7 Ultimate Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, SQL Server Datacenter R2, and 20 hours of Windows Azure usage. Presales of Visual Studio will open on 9 March 2010 at the Microsoft store and other select stores.
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