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Using Visual Studio Express 2008 for commercial projects?

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  • Hi!
    Im wondering if it is possible to use Visual Studio Express 2008 (and SQL Server 2008) for commercial projects.

    Thi is the scenario:
    I want to create an ASP.NET (commercial) web site that has to be deployed to a server of a third party hosting company (i will deploy my work through FTP to that production server that it is not mine and that already supports ASP.NET web sites), so i want to use  Visual Web Developer 2008 Express (and SQL Server 2008 Express) on my development machine only and then deploy the work to production server.

    My questions are:

    1) can i use Visual Web Developer 2008 Express for such commercial project?
    2) can i use SQL Server 2008 Express for such commercial project?

    Thanks in advance!


    Monday, December 29, 2008 10:29 PM

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    Hello,

    Welcome to MSDN Forums! & Happy New Year!

    To answer your question:

    Yes, you can use both Visual Web Developer 2008 and SQL Server 2008 Express for such a commercial project.   However, I think if you want to create a big project, it is recommended to use other more powerful Visual Studio and SQL Server products.   Actually the express versions of both Visual Studio and SQL Server have many limitations in function.   But if the express versions have already met your request, you can just use them to develop your commercial project. 

    For detail on comparison of Visual Studio Express versions and other Visual Studio versions, please see http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-au/vs2008/products/cc149003.aspx.

    For SQL Server 2008 Express, please check http://www.microsoft.com/express/sql/download/.

     

    Best Regards,
    Lingzhi


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    Friday, January 02, 2009 5:42 AM
  • Happy new Year!

    and thanks for the answer!
    After i have read your answer, i start to install Visual Web Developer Express 2008 but, reading the license terms, i found the following paragraph that precisely deny to use the software for "commercial software hosting services":

    [...]

    9. SCOPE OF LICENSE.  The software is licensed, not sold. This agreement only gives you some rights to use the software.  Microsoft reserves all other rights.  Unless applicable law gives you more rights despite this limitation, you may use the software only as expressly permitted in this agreement.  In doing so, you must comply with any technical limitations in the software that only allow you to use it in certain ways.    You may not work around any technical limitations in the software.  For example, Microsoft has technically limited or disabled extensibility for the software, and so you may not extend the software by, among other things, loading or injecting into the software any non-Microsoft add-ins, macros, or packages; modifying the software registry settings; or adding features or functionality equivalent to that found in other Visual Studio products.

    You also may not

      • reverse engineer, decompile or disassemble the software, except and only to the extent that applicable law expressly permits, despite this limitation;

      • make more copies of the software than specified in this agreement or allowed by applicable law, despite this limitation;

      • publish the software for others to copy;

      • rent, lease or lend the software;

      • transfer the software or this agreement to any third party; or

      • use the software for commercial software hosting services.

    [...]


    Is this statement related to my type of commercial project (described on the first post)? And If yes, how?

    Thanks in advance!




    Friday, January 02, 2009 6:21 PM
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    Hello,

    Here is the No. 7 question in Visual Studio Express Editions FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions).

    7.       Can I use Express Editions for commercial use?

    Yes, there are no licensing restrictions for applications built using Visual Studio Express Editions. 

    For additional information, please see http://www.microsoft.com/express/support/faq/.

    Actually “use the software for commercial software hosting services” means you cannot deploy Visual Web Developer 2008 on the server on a standalone basis for others to access.   Also you cannot use it to build service to sell third party commercial software. 

    For detail, you may refer to this thread
    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/vcgeneral/thread/8f6ecc65-e2fa-478f-af62-266f08f1a0ea/

    If I understand correctly, you are developing your own ASP.NET website.  It is deployed in a third party hosting company.   So if you are not going to use the website for commercial software sale, the limitation you mentioned won't be related to your target.   However, suppose that you want to use the website for commercial software sale, it should be licensed by Microsoft.

     

    Best Regards,
    Lingzhi


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    Saturday, January 03, 2009 4:21 AM
  • Hello

    Can I use the Visual studio Express Editions for the training ? I like to create few training videos for c# and Asp.net. The trainings are not free.

    - Rushi Jr.

     

     

    Friday, July 30, 2010 1:33 AM
  • Hello,

    Thanks for your clarification about Visual studio Express 2008.

    Guys, It can be used for commercial purpose...... without any pain...

    Devlopers RoCkS...

    BR

    Tushar

    Saturday, October 20, 2012 8:56 AM