Alert me Visual Studio licenses


  • Sorry if this questions sounds ignorant, I'm new to this. 

    My company has hired 3 .net developers and is planning to develop a software, however these developers previously have used only community version of Visual Studio, My company insists of course in buying licenses for them. And told me to do some research on cost and what is needed. Unfortunately I am finding it very difficult and confusing.

    My question is regarding Visual Studio Online, according to the trial version I tested I still need to have Visual Studio installed on my machine in order to start developing, is this the case? Will I still need to buy Desktop Version after acquiring the Visual Studio Online.

    Can we just start with a Visual Studio Enterprise licenses or does it lack many services that are essential for developing?

    Can someone enlighten me :)

    Friday, November 20, 2015 11:42 AM


  • Hi Agon123,

    The VS2015/VS2013 community version is free, we don't need to use buy the license, of course, we need to sign in using the Microsoft account.

    If you want to but other paid versions like the VS2015 Enterprise version, since the question is a license issue, you can call 1-800-426-9400, Monday through Friday, 6:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. (Pacific Time) to speak directly to a Microsoft licensing specialist, and you can get more detail information from there. You can also visit the following site for more information and support on licensing issues:

    In addition, if you mean that you use the VS online like this forum:

    Maybe you could get more useful information from the VSO forum, but as far as I know, it is the service, we could use it as the version control or others. But it is not the real developing Editor like the VS IDE, not the expert for VSO, maybe you could get better response from the VSO experts if you really want to know more about it.

    Best Regards,


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    Monday, November 23, 2015 7:05 AM