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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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


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.


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.

  • 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, 2010 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.

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