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I code primarily in .net at work, but was wondering if home MSDN subscriptions were available/worthwhile as a tool to stay in touch with the latest technology for Microsoft development?

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You might want to think about just subscribing to the magazine if you are just wanted to keep pace with the state of the art: msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/default.aspx –  rjzii Jan 31 '11 at 13:30
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For personal use? Most likely. A MSDN subscription usually pays for itself over time. Aside from getting the latest version of Windows for free, there's plenty of other software/perks available (Free 1 year XNA Creators Club premium subscription).

For development purposes? Unless you want to develop for Windows Mobile/Phone 7, you're better off using express versions of Visual Studio since Windows and Visual Studio Professional are the common reasons why people have MSDN subscriptions

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There's an Express version for Windows Phone 7 now - microsoft.com/express/Phone –  ChrisF Jan 31 '11 at 13:25
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Probably not, unless you're actively working on long-term projects and/or making money on the side.

For everything else, there's the express versions of most of the software.

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By the way, I seem to remember that MSDN subscriptions are personal, i.e. if they got one for you at work you can use it at home as well.

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I seem to remember Microsoft extending their licenses for the Office products in that way but didn't realise they had done it for other products. –  Lazarus Oct 14 '10 at 12:07
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I suppose the cheapest way would be if you had a work laptop with all the tools on it, and you could use that in your free time.

Unless you are planning to write/sell your own software, spend a lot of time etc, as there will be license issues.

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