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Where you could get access to different OS's, products, servers, tools, etc?
The thing called "Visual Studio Subscription" is BS. It looks like the "Pro" license is radically scaled back in what you get for your $1200 ($800 renewal.)
And I want to with how they're pushing VSTS, TFS, cloud services, and training.
It looks like Pro comes with the servers, the various flavors of Windows, but not Office.
What am I missing? Is it even worth getting a subscription for solo developer? Used to keep my MSDN subscription up to date, but then MS screwed it up somehow, their Indian support didn't help, and I let it lapse. Looking just now, it looks like drivel. I want to see the exact details of what I'm buying, but all I see is the "MARKETING, MARKETING, MARKETING" dance.
I don't know, but a couple of weeks ago all the developers on my team received emails stating that "Visual Studio Premium" and "Visual Studio Ultimate" (no mention of version, just edition) are obsolete and must be "removed immediately" and replaced with a newer version.
They've changed how licenses are managed; i.e. if you used to assign licenses via the Volume Licensing Service Center you should now use the VS Manage Portal. An email was sent out to VLSC admins recently; so hopefully someone in your organisation got this?
In addition, I believe subscriptions may expire when their parents do; so if you have a VS subscription with 2 years left but the Enterprise Agreement it was purchased under expires today, all those child subscriptions expire early. I'm not sure if this is still the case; happened to us ~8 years ago; though I think it was resolved after various support calls; so not sure whether it was intentional...
Have you checked the Microsoft Action Pack? It is not as feature rich as MSDN, but it's cca £300 / year and includes most MS software. And then (for testing) there are cloud services where you can select the target machine (incl. OS and software), rent it for a few days, and delete it afterwards.