Visual Studio 2017 RC used in a company

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  • As you know, the RC for Visual Studio 2017 is out for some time.

    VS 2017 RC

    But I have trouble finding some answers to some questions I have. I work for a big company, here in Romania as a programmer. And my job is to code all kind of internal tools, used only here in the company in .NET, Visual Basic.

    Right now I have VS 2010 Professional. And because I want to use the best of the Visual Studio, I was wondering if I can use this RC build. So:

    1. I talked to people from my company responsible with licensing and software acquirement. But they don't know about this situation with the RC build... and they are not even interested to find details.
    2. Then I went to Microsoft Romania. They haven't heard that a new VS edition was launched. They gave me a number to call, in Germany.
    3. I called Microsoft Germany, but I talked with an Indian that was telling me to buy the 2017 edition, and I was telling him that this is not final so it doesn't have a price.

     I am asking some questions. Maybe some of you faced this problem before:

    1. Can I use this version of RC at my company? What happens when this edition will be final? Do I have to buy the final one , or I can stay with the RC build (and with all the bugs that comes with)? 
      1. If not, can I use another version, freely, but newer than 2010?
      2. Do I need a commercial license for the internal tools I use? I don't sell the code to anybody, it is used only internally. Do I still need a commercial license?

      The company has <1 M dollars profit and almost 100 PC's. But the software division is new (1 year old) and we are 4 programmers

    Thank you!

    • Edited by eltigre4jc Thursday, January 5, 2017 7:17 AM
    Thursday, January 5, 2017 7:16 AM

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  • Let me rephrase a little:

    1. Our company has <1 M dollars profit and 100 Pc's. It's producing power supply units. We are 4 developers that are using Visual Studio. Can I use Vs 2017 RC Community edition for developing internal tools ?

    2. What happens after the RC (release candidate) goes final (RTM) ? Can I still use the RC? 

    3. If I install Vs 2017 Professional RC right now which is free. what happens when it goes final? DO I have to buy a license or can I still use the RC ? Can you point me to a document or EULA, or license agreement that says the answer?

    Thursday, January 5, 2017 9:12 AM
  • Hi,

    Visual Studio previews, betas and RCs have an expiration date. After that date, they become unusable and you need to use a RTM (final) version. Visual Studio 2017 RC has a "go-live" license (it means that it can be used in production environments) except for some workloads in "preview":

    About usage in your company:

    - There are (paid) Professional and Enterprise editions that certainly can be used.

    - The (free) VS 2015 Community edition licensing is explained in short terms at the bottom of this page:

    and in detail here:

    I am not a lawyer (check this with your legal department), but from what I understand:

    - You are not an individual, you are an organization

    - Since your organization:

    a) doesn't have "more than 250 computers or users"


    (b) doesn't have "more than one million US dollars (or the equivalent in other currencies) in annual revenues"

    then, it is not an enterprise.

    Being an organization but not an enterprise, "up to 5 of your individual users can use the software concurrently to develop and test your applications."

    So, your 4 developers could use Visual Studio 2015 Community Edition in your organization. When Visual Studio 2017 Community Edition is final, check its license terms.

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    Thursday, January 5, 2017 9:19 AM
  • Thank you... This clarifies things..
    Thursday, January 5, 2017 10:08 AM