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  • Hi,

    I thought VS 2019 is now an open source IDE.  Why is it still saying that my trial period has expired?  Does it mean I still have to pay for an MSDN Subscription to get Visual Studio?


    Marilyn Gambone

    Wednesday, January 22, 2020 4:37 PM

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  • Hello Marilyn Gambone,

    Welcome to MSDN forum.

    >> I thought VS 2019 is now an open source IDE.

    ## I think you mean the Visual Studio Community 2019 release. And actually, VS Community is completely free to use but not “open source”.

    >> Why is it still saying that my trial period has expired?

    ## When you open VS Community 2019 for the first time, you’re asked to sign in and provide some basic registration information. You should choose a Microsoft account or a work or school account that best represents you. Of course, you could also register later and start to use VS but under this circumstance, you will have a 30 days trial, and after 30 days you will still need to sign in your account and if not you will not be able to use VS Community 2019.

    ## Just sign in your account and then you could use VS Community permanently for free. If you don’t have an account, please refer to this doc How to sign in to Visual Studio and get one(this is free too).

    ## If you have signed in with your account and VS still prompt that your license has expired, please follow steps below to troubleshoot.

    #1. If you could open VS Installer, please open it and click “Provide Feedback” button at the top right corner|Report a problem|in the newly opened window select “sign in” and try to sign in your VS account to see if it works this time.

    #2. If you still could not sign in, please try to open “Blend for VS 2019”, and sign in with your VS account this time.

    #3. If you could start VS IDE or at the register page you could see Check for an updated license (maybe you choose “Not now, maybe later.” Or other conditions), please select Help|Register Product|click “Check for an updated license” and try to sign in.

    >> Does it mean I still have to pay for an MSDN Subscription to get Visual Studio?

    ## No, you just need to sign in your account and you could use VS Community 2019 for free permanently.

    In addition, you could refer more from this doc Sign in to Visual Studio.

    Hope all above could help you and feel free to contact me if my suggestions are useful or not.

    Kind Regards,

    Tianyu


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    Thursday, January 23, 2020 2:34 AM

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  • Hello Marilyn Gambone,

    Welcome to MSDN forum.

    >> I thought VS 2019 is now an open source IDE.

    ## I think you mean the Visual Studio Community 2019 release. And actually, VS Community is completely free to use but not “open source”.

    >> Why is it still saying that my trial period has expired?

    ## When you open VS Community 2019 for the first time, you’re asked to sign in and provide some basic registration information. You should choose a Microsoft account or a work or school account that best represents you. Of course, you could also register later and start to use VS but under this circumstance, you will have a 30 days trial, and after 30 days you will still need to sign in your account and if not you will not be able to use VS Community 2019.

    ## Just sign in your account and then you could use VS Community permanently for free. If you don’t have an account, please refer to this doc How to sign in to Visual Studio and get one(this is free too).

    ## If you have signed in with your account and VS still prompt that your license has expired, please follow steps below to troubleshoot.

    #1. If you could open VS Installer, please open it and click “Provide Feedback” button at the top right corner|Report a problem|in the newly opened window select “sign in” and try to sign in your VS account to see if it works this time.

    #2. If you still could not sign in, please try to open “Blend for VS 2019”, and sign in with your VS account this time.

    #3. If you could start VS IDE or at the register page you could see Check for an updated license (maybe you choose “Not now, maybe later.” Or other conditions), please select Help|Register Product|click “Check for an updated license” and try to sign in.

    >> Does it mean I still have to pay for an MSDN Subscription to get Visual Studio?

    ## No, you just need to sign in your account and you could use VS Community 2019 for free permanently.

    In addition, you could refer more from this doc Sign in to Visual Studio.

    Hope all above could help you and feel free to contact me if my suggestions are useful or not.

    Kind Regards,

    Tianyu


    MSDN Community Support
    Please remember to click "Mark as Answer" the responses that resolved your issue, and to click "Unmark as Answer" if not. This can be beneficial to other community members reading this thread. If you have any compliments or complaints to MSDN Support, feel free to contact MSDNFSF@microsoft.com.

    Thursday, January 23, 2020 2:34 AM
  • Hi Marilyn Gambone,

    Sorry to bother you.

    Do you have any update? If your issue still persists, please feel free to contact me.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Kind Regards,

    Tianyu


    MSDN Community Support
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    Monday, January 27, 2020 8:28 AM
  • We subscribe to MSDN (usually 3-year term, I think).  But I thought I read somewhere that it's now open source.  So I was surprised when it flagged me that trial period is over.  I just plugged in my license number from our subscription and it went away.

    But then another employee got flagged, too.  So, I guess my question really is: Does Community version have the same capabilities as the Subscribed version?  Because, I'll need to inform my boss if I still need to continue our MSDN subscription this year, since I do need all the perks that come with it (i.e., SQL Server databases).

    I'm just confused.


    Marilyn Gambone

    Monday, January 27, 2020 3:08 PM
  • Hi Marilyn,

    Thank you for your feedback.

    >> Does Community version have the same capabilities as the Subscribed version?

    ## Visual Studio 2019 has three versions, and they are Community, Professional and Enterprise. VS Community is free to use, but VS Professional and VS Enterprise needs to be paid/Subscribed.

    ## I think you are looking for the difference/different supported features between them, so please check this document: Compare Visual Studio 2019 Editions and you can see, from this document, VS Enterprise has full “capabilities” and VS Community has least “capabilities”, the “capabilities” of VS Professional is between them.

    Hope all above could help you.

    Sincerely,

    Tianyu


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    Tuesday, January 28, 2020 9:07 AM