By Greg Wilson
The software giant is trying to win over the Kingdom’s programmers to its Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) during February.
Microsoft is planning to win over Saudi Arabia’s developer community to its .Net development environment. The software giant is trying to get the Kingdom’s programmers to sign up for its Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) scheme before the end of February.MSDN brings together tools, technologies, education, information and technical support either on a CD, DVD or the internet to support software developers. MSDN has also organised several technical developer events around the world and locally.“Software development is a tough profession that is getting tougher all the time and serious developers cannot afford to waste time hunting for patches, searching for code and wrestling with technical problems. MSDN provides the time, support and confidence for the individual to go beyond the boundaries of the average developer,” comments Bilal Sanunu, general manager, Microsoft Arabia.“MSDN also gives developers software releases before anyone else, an invaluable advantage when developing cutting-edge applications. For example, subscribers to MSDN will automatically get the next version of Visual Studio.Net (VS.NET 2003) when it is released in a couple of months time, two months ahead of its public launch,” he adds.Programmers that sign up for the Saudi subscription campaign will get a number of free MSPress technical development books on the .Net platform, a range of free kits containing white-papers, sample code and projects, electronic books, training material, presentations and utilities.There are three types of subscription available — MSDN Professional, MSDN Enterprise and MSDN Universal. Subscribers to MSDN Professional will receive four MSPress core technology books and a knowledge pack. Enterprise subscribers will receive the same, plus an additional two advanced books and a migration kit, while Universal subscribers will receive an additional four specialised topics, making a total of 10 books, plus the knowledge pack, the migration kit and the Arabic developer kit.Enterprise and Universal subscribers will also get an open 25% discount on .NET development training courses offered at participating training centres for a year.