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How does Microsoft define "Educational purposes"?

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  • Hello,

    Regarding Visual Studio Community Edition, it is mentioned in the license terms that "Educational purposes" are allowed when using  Visual Studio Community Edition in an enterprise.

    "If you are an enterprise, your employees and contractors may not use the software to develop or test your applications, except  for open source and education purposes as permitted above. An "enterprise" is any organization and its affiliates who  collectively have either (a) more than 250 computers or users or (b) more than one million US dollars (or the equivalent in  other currencies) in annual revenues, and "affiliates" means those entities that control (via majority ownership), are  controlled by, or are under common control with an organization."

    Can someone explain or point me to the right document that specifies the definition of "Educational purposes"?

    Many thanks,

    Wednesday, August 17, 2016 7:31 AM

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  • Hi Elad,

    Thanks for your post.

    Commonly, the VS Community edition is free for everyone to use.

    But if you have any questions about VS for commercial use,  you could refer to Visual Studio 2015 Licensing White Paper:

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/confirmation.aspx?id=13350

    Organization licenses:

    If you are an organization, your users may use the software as follows:

    Any number of your users may use the software to develop and test your applications released under Open Source Initiative (OSI) approved open source software licenses.

    Any number of your users may use the software to develop and test extensions to Visual Studio.

    Any number of your users may use the software to develop and test your applications as part of online or in person classroom training and education, or for performing academic research.

    It indicates if you are an individual, you will be able to sell applications you create with the Community edition.

    You will have to comply with the app submission rules of the Windows Store, which is not the same as the licensing of Visual Studio.

    Best Regards,


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    Wednesday, August 17, 2016 9:47 AM
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