Whidbey Beta 2 without MSDN Universal

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2005/04/18 11:04 -04:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2005/04/18/409210.aspx

Run, don't walk, if you don't have MSDN Universal but want to check out the cool new international functionality in Whidbey. Because you can now get Microsoft to send you the DVD.

And for a limited time the shipping is free!

Just check out the Visual Studio 2005 home page.

Via Julia Lerman (who is never iffy).

# David on 18 Apr 2005 10:00 AM:

The site tried to charge me shipping. The time must have been extremely limited.

# Jonathan Payne on 18 Apr 2005 10:11 AM:

"And for a limited time the shipping is free" ... if you are in the US or Canada. :-(

# Michael S. Kaplan on 18 Apr 2005 10:26 AM:

Ah, nothing is perfect....

It is still a hell of a deal at just the cost of shipping. I have gotten some of the coolest items this way (not just betas).

# Jeswin P on 18 Apr 2005 10:49 AM:

Yeah, free if you are in the US or Canada. One of the things i don't like about Microsoft.

What about the people who live elsewhere? A truly global corporation should be what it is. Global.

# Michael S. Kaplan on 18 Apr 2005 10:53 AM:

Well, they are shipping from the US.

Try getting stuff shipped for free from other countries -- not just Microsoft but any company -- it costs and arm and a leg to get localized product from the appropriate country....

# Jo-Pete Nelson on 18 Apr 2005 12:00 PM:

I was filling out the form, waiting for the catch... membership number for some super-elite club, sign in now, $50 for license, something.

Of course, I could install it and realize how completely unstable it is and immediately uninstall it (it is, after all, a beta), but I'm looking forward to trying it out on the leading edge instead of the trailing edge (I barely started using VS .NET about a year ago).

Or is there some other catch that I'm overlooking? Is it or is it not the full (beta) version of the next version of Visual Studio?

# Michael S. Kaplan on 18 Apr 2005 12:23 PM:

No catch, Microsoft just wants people to start using it and seeing what it's all about.

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