locked
Can I still use Visual Studio 2012 when i'm unable to acquire a developer's license?

    Question

  • My computer don't always get connected in the internet. I was just wondering. Can i still use my visual studio IDE even when my developer's license has expired?
    Tuesday, July 30, 2013 12:42 PM

Answers

  • There are two licenses involved here.  One is a license to use Visual Studio.  That one doesn't expire.  Once VS 2012 is licensed you can continue to use it to write code for a variety of applications without a developer license.  Developer licenses are specific to developing things like Windows 8 store applications, office apps, or SharePoint apps.  Each of those requires a specific developer license.  If you have a valid developer license and are just offline you can continue to develop those kinds of applications.  But you won't be able to deploy them until you are back online.  If your license expires you will need to get back online to re-obtain a valid license before continuing.

    There is an MSDN benefit that provides a one year developer license for windows store apps.  The normal developer license is 30 days but can be renewed.  


    Paul Stork SharePoint Server MVP
    Principal Architect: Blue Chip Consulting Group
    Blog: http://dontpapanic.com/blog
    Twitter: Follow @pstork
    Please remember to mark your question as "answered" if this solves your problem.

    • Marked as answer by Lonewolf_000 Wednesday, July 31, 2013 3:47 AM
    Tuesday, July 30, 2013 1:55 PM

All replies

  • I believe it requires that you verify the license once every 30 days.  So yes you should be able to use VS 2012 for development when not connected to the Internet, assuming you have already acquired a developer's license.  I know you can use VS 2012 for developing other kinds of projects.  The developer's license you are talking about should be specific to Windows Store Apps.

    Paul Stork SharePoint Server MVP
    Principal Architect: Blue Chip Consulting Group
    Blog: http://dontpapanic.com/blog
    Twitter: Follow @pstork
    Please remember to mark your question as "answered" if this solves your problem.


    Tuesday, July 30, 2013 12:50 PM
  • but what about if the license i acquired expired and i'm still unable to acquire a new one? I read it somewhere that there's this guy who had a problem signing in into microsoft live coz the login page doesn't appear whenever he tries to acquire a license. He ended up uninstalling visual studio 2012 coz it rendered the IDE unusable. 

    Anyway, i'm still using visual studio 2010. I was thinking of upgrading. but this thing concerns me. 

    can you shed some light about the MSDN developers' license thing? what's it all really about?

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013 1:18 PM
  • Download and install an Express edition - they are almost functionally the same. And of course they are free.

    Digital Forensic Software Developer
    http:\\ccs-labs.com Mark as Answer or Vote up if useful thank you!
    Volunteer Developers Required to work on free systems that can be used to reduce online child abuse and bullying! contact: dave@ccs-labs.com if you are interested.

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013 1:19 PM
  • You have an MSDN Account? If so you get VS2012 free - and no key is required.

    Digital Forensic Software Developer
    http:\\ccs-labs.com Mark as Answer or Vote up if useful thank you!
    Volunteer Developers Required to work on free systems that can be used to reduce online child abuse and bullying! contact: dave@ccs-labs.com if you are interested.

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013 1:20 PM
  • Express edition doesn't require a developer's license?

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013 1:22 PM
  • ok, i'll just get vs2012 free then. Thank you so much for the help.
    Tuesday, July 30, 2013 1:25 PM
  • There are two licenses involved here.  One is a license to use Visual Studio.  That one doesn't expire.  Once VS 2012 is licensed you can continue to use it to write code for a variety of applications without a developer license.  Developer licenses are specific to developing things like Windows 8 store applications, office apps, or SharePoint apps.  Each of those requires a specific developer license.  If you have a valid developer license and are just offline you can continue to develop those kinds of applications.  But you won't be able to deploy them until you are back online.  If your license expires you will need to get back online to re-obtain a valid license before continuing.

    There is an MSDN benefit that provides a one year developer license for windows store apps.  The normal developer license is 30 days but can be renewed.  


    Paul Stork SharePoint Server MVP
    Principal Architect: Blue Chip Consulting Group
    Blog: http://dontpapanic.com/blog
    Twitter: Follow @pstork
    Please remember to mark your question as "answered" if this solves your problem.

    • Marked as answer by Lonewolf_000 Wednesday, July 31, 2013 3:47 AM
    Tuesday, July 30, 2013 1:55 PM
  • Express edition doesn't require a Visual Studio license.  It still requires a developer license if you want to develop apps for the store.

    Paul Stork SharePoint Server MVP
    Principal Architect: Blue Chip Consulting Group
    Blog: http://dontpapanic.com/blog
    Twitter: Follow @pstork
    Please remember to mark your question as "answered" if this solves your problem.

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013 1:56 PM
  • Again, this post is talking about the Visual Studio license NOT the developer license for developing Windows store Apps.  you can get VS 2012 for free if you have an MSDN license but you still need to get a developer license to develop Windows 8 apps for the store.

    Paul Stork SharePoint Server MVP
    Principal Architect: Blue Chip Consulting Group
    Blog: http://dontpapanic.com/blog
    Twitter: Follow @pstork
    Please remember to mark your question as "answered" if this solves your problem.

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013 1:57 PM
  • Quite correct Paul,

    I totally got the wrong end of the stick here with the licenses... forgot I had a Windows Store / Mobile developer's license :D


    Digital Forensic Software Developer
    http:\\ccs-labs.com Mark as Answer or Vote up if useful thank you!
    Volunteer Developers Required to work on free systems that can be used to reduce online child abuse and bullying! contact: dave@ccs-labs.com if you are interested.

    Wednesday, July 31, 2013 2:45 AM
  • Thank you so much. This is the answer i was looking for.  I hope microsoft will not charge payment for acquiring a developer's license in the future. 

    For the meantime, I'll just use Visual Studio 2012 free just to try things out. Oh, and thanks also Dave for the answer even thought it's not really what i'm  looking for.

    Cheers!

    Wednesday, July 31, 2013 3:50 AM
  • You can get a developer's license to develop Windows 8 Store apps for free.  You have to pay for a license when you want to deploy them to the Windows 8 store.  But you will need at least a free developer's license to build Windows 8 apps in Visual Studio.  For that you need to go online.  Once you've got your license though you can develop offline.  You can register for a free license here:

    https://appdev.microsoft.com/StorePortals/en-US/Account/signup/start

    You can develop other kinds of programs, like traditional console applications or Windows forms applications without a developer's license just using Visual Studio.


    Paul Stork SharePoint Server MVP
    Principal Architect: Blue Chip Consulting Group
    Blog: http://dontpapanic.com/blog
    Twitter: Follow @pstork
    Please remember to mark your question as "answered" if this solves your problem.


    Wednesday, July 31, 2013 2:40 PM