Executive Summary

Organizations acquire and deploy Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) subscriptions because they often provide the most economical way to license Microsoft products and services for evaluation, as well as for the design, development, and testing of custom applications. In part because rules governing MSDN licensing are complex and often misunderstood, MSDN is one of the major sources of unexpected expense during a Software Asset Management (SAM) Baseline engagement, software audit, or license compliance check.

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