Use Visual Studio for home also


  • We purchased Visual Studio 2015 pro at work, and I have heard that you can install it at home as long as it is the same user. I want to use it just for learning purposes only. I am not going to develop anything with the exception for things at work.
    Thursday, December 8, 2016 12:32 AM

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  • Hi IcedStorm,

    Welcome to the MSDN forum.

    As far as I know, the VS professional are licensed on a per-user basis, please have a look at

    Visual Studio 2015 Licensing White Paperand we can find the following message:

    **Licensed for Design, Development, Testing, and Demonstrating Your Programs

    All Visual Studio subscriptions and Visual Studio Professional are licensed on a per-user basis. Each licensed user may install and use the software on any number of devices to design, develop, test, and demonstrate their programs.

    Visual Studio subscriptions also allow the licensed user to evaluate the software and to simulate customer environments in order to diagnose issues related to your programs. Each additional person who uses the software in this way must also have a license. 

    Since our forum is to discuss the Visual Studio WPF/SL Designer, Visual Studio Guidance Automation Toolkit, Developer Documentation and Help System, and Visual Studio Editor, this is a license issue, you can also directly 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. 

    Meanwhile, you can think about use the VS community 2015 at home, it is free and have 30 trial days, after that you need to sign in with your Microsoft account to unlock the IDE, it should also match your learning requirement.

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    Thursday, December 8, 2016 6:40 AM