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Empower requiring more mileage...

I just noticed this in my junk mail which explains the surface mail I got from Microsoft  this week.

And I quote...

We are excited to announce the following changes to the Empower for ISVs
initiative that we hope you’ll like:

1.        Renewal Membership Opportunity
The Microsoft Empower for ISVs is now able to provide you with an
opportunity to renew your membership at the end of your 12 month membership.

...end of quote

Simon Lucy
Friday, May 14, 2004

I got it too. Cool. Another year of MSDN Universal times 5 for a few hundred bucks.

Joel Spolsky
Fog Creek Software
Friday, May 14, 2004

I signed up for it as well, awesome deal.

Gerald
Friday, May 14, 2004

Does the renewal require you to announce and release a new product?  Or does it just give you more time for the product you've already announced?  If you failed to get your original product certified, are you still eligible for the renewal?


Friday, May 14, 2004

And I want to know: If you failed to develop, test & certify, and/or market your product, does MS send someone out to your business to point and laugh at you? This concerns me.

Bored Bystander
Friday, May 14, 2004

No. they hire you for Longhorn

Stephen Jones
Friday, May 14, 2004

The renewal gives you another 12 months to finish your product.

Joel Spolsky
Fog Creek Software
Friday, May 14, 2004

Which will be paid for by suckers who buy MSDN Professional subscriptions during which they don't actually receive any new products because Microsoft keeps pushing them back!

Chris Nahr
Friday, May 14, 2004

You don't have to announce your 'product' in the first six months anymore, only sometime during the second year.  And there could be all sorts of reasons for not finally releasing a product.

Simon Lucy
Saturday, May 15, 2004

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