Eric explains some of the facts of life with respect to MSDN and the licensing of MS products:
Many companies and teams buy a single subscription and share it among all their developers. This form of piracy is rampant. Some folks probably even think it's legal. It's not. We encounter this all the time when talking to people about our own products.
User: "Why should I buy Vault when SourceSafe is free?"
SourceGear: "Why do you think SourceSafe is free?"
User: "Because it's on the MSDN discs."
If you have ten developers using Visual Studio, you're supposed to have ten subscriptions to MSDN Universal. That's the way it works.
Well. If you look at their new pricing (just over $10k for "everything"), and realize that it's per developer, then it's clear that MS' products aren't as cheap as most people have assumed they are. Also note - the MS stuff is a subscription license - i.e., you pay each year. Which isn't so very different from what Cincom does, is it? Except.... consider - we only charge for deployment, not for development. Most vendors charge on both ends...