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Encyclopedia > Microsoft Developer Network

The Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) is the portion of Microsoft responsible for managing the firm's relationship with developers. Microsoft is one of few companies engaging itself in the console wars Where they are up against sony, nintendo, and of course sharps new console which may cause a threat. ...

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Developers covered by MSDN

This includes many different kinds of developers: hardware developers interested in the operating system (OS), developers standing on the various OS platforms, developers leveraging the API and scripting languages of Microsoft's many applications. The relationship management is situated in assorted media: web sites, newsletters, developer conferences, trade media, blogs and DVD distribution. The life cycle of the relationships ranges from legacy support through evangelizing potential offerings. An operating system (OS) is a computer program that manages the hardware and software resources of a computer. ... A application programming interface (API) is the interface that a computer system, library or application provides in order to allow requests for services to be made of it by other computer programs, and/or to allow data to be exchanged between them. ... A website, Web site or WWW site (often shortened to just site) is a collection of webpages, that is, HTML/XHTML documents accessible via HTTP on the Internet; all publicly accessible websites in existence comprise the World Wide Web. ... A newsletter is a regularly distributed publication generally about one main topic that is of interest to its subscribers. ... It has been suggested that Hacker con be merged into this article or section. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... DVD (commonly Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ...


Software Subscriptions

MSDN has historically offered a subscription package whereby developers have access and licenses to use nearly all Microsoft software that has ever been released to the public. Subscriptions are sold on an annual basis, and cost up to $10,939 USD per year per subscription, as it is offered in several tiers. Holders of such subscriptions (except the lowest library-only levels) receive new Microsoft software on CD's or DVD's every few weeks or months. The software generally comes on specially marked MSDN discs, but contains the identical retail or volume-license software as it is released to the public. ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Virgin Islands, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 3. ... CD redirects here; see Cd for other meanings of CD. Image of a compact disc (pencil included for scale) A compact disc (or CD) is an optical disc used to store digital data, originally developed for storing digital audio. ...


Although in most cases the software itself functions exactly like the full product, the MSDN end-user license agreement[1] prohibits use of the software in a business production environment. This is a legal restriction, not a technical one. As an example, MSDN regularly includes the latest Windows operating systems (such as Windows XP and Windows Vista), server software such as SQL Server 2005, development tools such as Visual Studio, and applications like Microsoft Office and MapPoint. For software that requires a product key, a Microsoft website generates these on demand. Such a package provides a single computer enthusiast with access to nearly everything Microsoft offers. However, a business caught with an office full of PC's and servers running the software included in an MSDN subscription without the appropriate non-MSDN licenses for those machines would be treated no differently in a compliance audit than if the software were pirated off the Internet. Windows XP is a line of proprietary operating systems developed by Microsoft for use on general-purpose computer systems, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers. ... Windows Vista is the name of the latest release of Microsoft Windows, a line of graphical operating systems used on personal computers, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers. ... Microsoft SQL Server is a relational database management system (RDBMS) produced by Microsoft. ... Microsoft Visual Studio is a series of IDEs by Microsoft. ... Microsoft Office is a suite of productivity programs created or purchased by Microsoft and developed for Microsoft Windows, and Apple Computers Mac OS and Mac OS X operating systems. ... A screenshot of MapPoint in action Microsoft MapPoint is both a technology and a specific piece of software created by Microsoft yearly that allows users to view, edit and integrate maps. ... Product activation is a license validation procedure required by some computer software programs. ...


Microsoft's MSDN license agreement[1] makes a specific exception for Microsoft Office, allowing the subscription holder to personally use it for business purposes without needing a separate license - but only with the "MSDN Premium Subscription" and even so only "directly related to the design, development and test and/or documentation of software projects"from the MSDN licensing faq. As would be expected, any software created with the development tools (like Visual Studio), along with the runtime components needed to use it, isn't restricted in any way by Microsoft either - such software can and regularly is used for business production purposes. The license agreement refers to several other items in the subscription and grants additional similar exceptions as appropriate. Microsoft Office is a suite of productivity programs created or purchased by Microsoft and developed for Microsoft Windows, and Apple Computers Mac OS and Mac OS X operating systems. ...


An MSDN subscriber is entitled to activate as many copies as needed for his/her own development purposes. Therefore, if a computer enthusiast somehow has 20 computers at home which he uses himself for software development (and aren't acting as part of a business, for example, a server farm), one subscription allows all 20 of those computers to be running their own separate copy of Windows, Office, and any other Microsoft product. After a few installations, the activation keys will stop allowing automatic product activation over the Internet, but after a telephone call to the Product Activation hotline to confirm that the installations are indeed legitimate and consistent with the license agreement, the activations are granted over the phone.


Even though an MSDN subscription is on an annual basis, the license to use the software, according to the agreement[1], does not terminate. The individual just isn't entitled to any upgrades after the software is expired. An MSDN subscription also allows access to obsolete software from Microsoft's past. Although they aren't included in the regular CD/DVD shipments, subscribers can download oldies such as MS-DOS 5.0 and Windows 3.1 from MSDN Subscriber Downloads. Such software usually comes in the form of ISO or floppy disk image files that allow the subscriber to reproduce the original installation media after the download. Microsofts disk operating system, MS-DOS, was Microsofts implementation of DOS, which was the first popular operating system for the IBM PC, and until recently, was widely used on the PC compatible platform. ... A typical Windows 3. ... An ISO image (.iso) is an informal term for a disk image of an ISO 9660 file system. ...


Information service

The division runs an information service provided by Microsoft for software developers. Its main focus is on Microsoft's .NET platform, however it also features articles on areas such as programming practices and design patterns. Many resources are available for free online, while others are available by mail via a subscription. A software developer is a programmer who is concerned with one or more facets of the software development process, a somewhat broader scope of computer programming. ... Microsoft . ... A practice refers to a way that something is done. ... {{Hide = {{{ Hybrid reference style allows grouped references at top, but uses m:Cite. ... Snail mail is a derogatory retronym (named after the snail with its proverbially slow speed) used to refer to letters and missives carried by conventional postal delivery services, and refers to the inevitable lag-time between dispatch of a letter and its receipt relative to the virtually instantaneous despatch and...


Depending on subscription level, subscribers may receive early editions of Microsoft operating systems or other Microsoft products (Microsoft Office applications, Visual Studio, etc.). An operating system (OS) is a computer program that manages the hardware and software resources of a computer. ... Microsoft Office is a suite of productivity programs created or purchased by Microsoft and developed for Microsoft Windows, and Apple Computers Mac OS and Mac OS X operating systems. ... The Visual Studio . ... Look up et cetera in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Microsoft also hosts a number of developer-centric conferences at it's Redmond campus, which MSDN subscribers are privileged to. Depending on the size of the company and it's products, these conferences can be one-on-one and have a single focus.


Universities and high schools can enroll in the MSDN Academic Alliance program, which provides access to some Microsft developer software for their computer science and engineering students (and possibly other students or faculty as well). A MSDNAA account is not an MSDN account and cannot be used to access the subscriber's section of the MSDN website or its downloads. MSDN Academic Alliance is a Microsoft program which provides MSDN subscriptions for free for students and faculty in computer science, computer engineering, information technology, and related fields. ... MSDN Academic Alliance is a Microsoft program which provides MSDN subscriptions for free for students and faculty in computer science, computer engineering, information technology, and related fields. ...


MSDN Magazine

Microsoft provides the editorial content for MSDN Magazine, a monthly publication. The magazine began life as Microsoft Systems Journal (MSJ).


Later version

MSDN2 was opened in November 2004 as a source for Visual Studio 2005 API information, with noteworthy differences being updated web site code, conforming better to web standards and thus giving a long awaited improved support for alternative web browsers to Internet Explorer in the API browser. Microsoft Visual Studio is a series of IDEs by Microsoft. ... A application programming interface (API) is the interface that a computer system, library or application provides in order to allow requests for services to be made of it by other computer programs, and/or to allow data to be exchanged between them. ... The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is a consortium that produces standards—recommendations, as they call them—for the World Wide Web. ... An example of a web browser (Internet Explorer) showing the main Wikipedia web page. ... Windows Internet Explorer, previously Microsoft Internet Explorer, abbreviated IE, or MSIE,[1] is a proprietary graphical web browser developed by Microsoft and included as part of the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems. ...


See also

The Code Room logo The Code Room is a half-hour long reality game show produced by Microsoft. ... developerWorks is resource by IBM for software developers. ...

External links

  • MSDN Home page
  • MSDN Official Forums
  • MSDN Events
  • MSDN Beta search
  • MSDN2 Home Page (Visual Studio 2005-related documentation)
  • MSDN Library August 2006 Edition
  • MSDN Blogs
  • MSDN Magazine
  • MSDN Wiki beta (Visual Studio, .NET -related documentation and software drop site. No talk pages yet - Comments are meant to go elsewhere, such as Channel 9.)

Channel 9 is a Microsoft discussion forum used to promote conversations among Microsofts customers targeted at Microsoft Windows users. ...

References

  1. ^ a b c MSDN End User License Agreement (PDF)

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