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F# for commercial use? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Is F# still unavailable for commercial use? I remember within the last year or two, it was prohibited; is that still the case nowadays?

    Thanks!


    Drums and Visual Basic.

    Wednesday, April 18, 2012 5:06 PM

Answers

  • Your memory is incorrect.  :)

    F# shipped with VS2010, which (of course) is for commercial use.

    (The open-source release which gives you access to the F# compiler source code is under a different license, Apache 2.0, which I think also allows commercial use, but look for yourself.)


    Brian McNamara [MSFT]

    • Marked as answer by drummerboy0511 Wednesday, April 18, 2012 5:19 PM
    Wednesday, April 18, 2012 5:14 PM
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  • Your memory is incorrect.  :)

    F# shipped with VS2010, which (of course) is for commercial use.

    (The open-source release which gives you access to the F# compiler source code is under a different license, Apache 2.0, which I think also allows commercial use, but look for yourself.)


    Brian McNamara [MSFT]

    • Marked as answer by drummerboy0511 Wednesday, April 18, 2012 5:19 PM
    Wednesday, April 18, 2012 5:14 PM
    Moderator
  • Oh wait... 

    "(i)     you may use the unmodified binary form of the Software to compile your 

    commercial applications as long as you do not redistribute the Software in any 
    form for commercial purposes..."

    And that's from the April 2011 CTP. I guess I didn't fully read the license. :P

    Thanks, Brian!


    Drums and Visual Basic.


    Wednesday, April 18, 2012 5:19 PM
  • Um... the Express editions can be used for commercial use.

    Drums and Visual Basic.

    Saturday, April 21, 2012 2:58 AM
  • Where does it say that? I've looked online and everywhere I've seen says it's available for commercial use. Unless it depends on the version (2005, 2008, 2010, etc.)?

    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/Vsexpressvb/thread/7887e35a-d746-41a6-892b-22384c2278e9

    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/Vsexpressvb/thread/ec53e663-0bdb-4c46-b20b-ce5907a2bf00 (Of course, the FAQ link is useless now, but I've seen evidence of this in other posts as well.)


    Drums and Visual Basic.

    Saturday, April 21, 2012 1:57 PM
  • That still doesn't really answer my question...

    Drums and Visual Basic.

    Saturday, April 21, 2012 2:04 PM