Extended trial expireing


  • My VS 2015 has suddenly become a trial version. "Your extended trial will expire soon..."

    I got VS 2015 when i had a MSDN account, i no longer have that msdn account.

    Am i wrong in thinking that VS should still be licensed to me even if i didnt renew my msdn account?

    I have tried signing out and in and pressing the "check for an updated license" button, but it only comes back with "the best license we could find is a trial license"

    If i check the pricing page -> It sais that both the standalone and Subscription is "Perpetual"

    "Life would be much easier if i only had the sourcecode"

    Monday, November 7, 2016 9:49 AM


  • Hi Anders-Sweden,

    Welcome to the MSDN forum.

    >> If i check the pricing page -> It sais that both the standalone and Subscription is "Perpetual"

    I have checked the pricing page and there is a comment about the perpetual license terms: while all non-software benefits expire, you can continue using the software after subscription expiration (except for purchases in Enterprise Subscription Agreement, Open Value Subscription, and Campus Agreement programs)

    For the detail information about the perpetual license, please download Visual Studio 2015 Licensing White Paper and we can found the declaration as below:

    ***Perpetual Use Rights: Visual Studio subscriptions purchased through certain channels provide perpetual use rights that allow subscribers to continue using certain software products obtained through an active subscription after the subscription has expired. However, subscribers are not entitled to updates for that software after the subscription has expired, nor do they continue to have access to software or product keys through Subscriber Downloads or to other subscription services that are a benefit of having an active subscription. Product keys that were acquired while the subscription was active can continue being used until all activations for those keys have been exhausted.  If a Visual Studio subscription is transferred or sold, any perpetual use rights are transferred to the new party and the seller can no longer use the software.

    ***Generally, Visual Studio subscriptions that do not provide perpetual use rights include:

    • Visual Studio cloud subscriptions
    • Visual Studio subscriptions purchased through Enterprise Agreement Subscription, Open Value Subscription, Campus Agreement, or other “subscription” Volume Licensing programs  
    • Visual Studio subscriptions offered through the Microsoft Partner Network to competency partners and to Microsoft Action Pack partners.

    ***In the above cases, subscribers can no longer use any software provided through the Visual Studio subscription after it expires.

    If your MSDN subscription matches the requirement of the perpetual license term, think about we are hard to know the detail information about your subscription account and verify it, please navigate to Visual Studio Subscriptions Customer Service Center to confirm the final result of your benefit after your subscription is expired.

    If your account is valid after your confirmed with the VS Subscription Customer Server Center, this issue maybe relates to the VS, please update the confirmation output in here.

    Best regards,


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    Tuesday, November 8, 2016 2:35 AM