Microsoft Partners Can Start Selling Visual Studio 2008

Microsoft announced today through its ISV blog that partners can now begin selling Visual Studio 2008. The program is also now available through retail channels.

"With its inclusion on the January 2008 volume licensing price list, the product is now available to sell and ship to your customers via Open, Select, Enterprise Agreement (EA), and Full Packaged Product (FPP)," the blog post reads.

Visual Studio 2008 offers developers several new features, including Language-Integrated Query (LINQ), the inclusion of Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO), .NET 3.5 and more. "Ready-to-Go" marketing materials for Visual Studio 2008 are available for partners here.

Visual Studio 2008's official launch will take place in late February at the "Hero's Happen Here" event in Los Angeles.

Visual Studio 2008 was originally released to developers back in November via an MSDN subscriber download. Free 90-day trial downloads are available here.

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