Programmers Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for professional programmers interested in conceptual questions about software development. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

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?

share|improve this question

closed as primarily opinion-based by GlenH7, MichaelT, Kilian Foth, Dan Pichelman, Bart van Ingen Schenau Feb 1 '15 at 11:51

Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will tend to be almost entirely based on opinions, rather than facts, references, or specific expertise.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

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: – rjzii Jan 31 '11 at 13:30
up vote 3 down vote accepted

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

share|improve this answer
There's an Express version for Windows Phone 7 now - – ChrisF Jan 31 '11 at 13:25

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.

share|improve this answer

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.

share|improve this answer
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

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.

share|improve this answer

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.