If you are a student go to DREAMSPARK.COM and sign up to get it for free. This is a Microsoft program for students. ALso found that your school doesn't have to participate for you to qualify. Just need to send them proof that you are a student in high school or college.
If one were unscrupulous and used the other software that one could download and use as part of the MSDN subscription for everyday use instead of just for development purposes, then the price of a subscription maybe worth it. If I recall, you can get 5-8 license keys for each of the programs that require keys. Just look at Windows 7 Ultimate at $240 retail. Multiply by 5 to get $1200. This is the same price as the MSDN Professional subscription.
But if one did have scruples, then tlhIn`toq is quite correct about his point about price vs. what you get.
I know somebody whose primary development work is dealing with MSSQL servers and Active Directory, but he uses his MSDN subscription so that he can get and run Windows Ultimate at home to get some of the Media Center features. He claims that the use of Ultimate is for "development purposes". I don't know. Maybe he watches YouTube videos on how to write better SQL queries on his big screen.
This post has been edited by Skydiver: 25 September 2012 - 12:42 PM
Ahh, that seems more like it. I was unsure how my manager "calculated" it. He may have dramatically rounded up the renewal.
It's certainly useful for development. I need to build/test our software on a variety of Windows systems and architectures so it's pretty useful. Once I download one copy I just make a VM... then I have a whole bunch of leftover serial keys. I have been using them at home for all of my systems.
It's probably way over priced but as long as it's a "perk" it's cool with me.