UK Developers are being overcharged by 67% for Microsoft Expression Studio 3

UK Developers are being overcharged by 67% for Expression Studio 3

UK Developers are being overcharged by 67% for Expression Studio 3

In a previous post, I mentioned that  the Microsoft Upgrade offer for Expression Studio 3 was available to those who held a license for Visual Studio 2005 or later.  In the US that means the Upgrade is available for $349 and the full product is available for $599. Both prices exclude tax.

If you live in the UK (or anywhere in the EC) you will almost certainly be overcharged to the tune of 67%

The UK Price is

£394.61

This excludes VAT of

£51.47

Price Excluding Tax (VAT) is

£343.14

Exchange Rate is £1 = $1.70

 

Dollar Price (Excl Tax) in UK is

$583.34

Dollar Price in US is

$349.00

UK developers are being overcharged

67%

 

Expression 3 Upgrade Offer for Visual Studio Developers

Expression 3 Upgrade Offer for Visual Studio Developers

 

Click on the image above, or click here to verify the situation for yourself.

This is the type of situation that the UK government and the EU parliament should be addressing.  Users do not need or even want IE unbundled from the Windows operating system.

Expression 3 Upgrade Offer for Visual Studio Silverlight and WPF Developers

Expression 3 Upgrade Offer for Visual Studio Developers

Expression 3 Upgrade Offer for Visual Studio Developers

Like many small development shops and one man/woman software entrepreneurs, I have a limited budget for development tools.  Currently the best value option for me is the  Visual Studio Professional with MSDN Professional subscription. However, this does not give me access to any of the expression products, which would be very useful for Silverlight and WPF projects.

I am particularly interested in using Expression Blend for design work; Sketchflow for customer demo’s and specs; and Expression Encoder for encoding videos for my Silverlight web pages.

The great news is that you can take advantage of the Expression 3 Upgrade Offer if you own a licensed copy of Visual Studio 2005 or later.  The upgrade price offers developers a considerable saving on the full price alternative.