Questions about developer licenses


  • I signed up for a company account using my MSDN username and am wondering the following things:

    1) The Get a developer license page says "you qualify for a longer developer license if you have a Windows Store account", however now that I have linked my MSDN account to a company store account I still am only getting a developer license of 3 months if I am choosing to get a license through Visual Studio 2012.  Why is this?

    2) To automatically build Windows Store applications, my understanding is that the build machines at my company would have be manually set up to have a developer license because even if I use PowerShell, it only just launches the Microsoft logon page.  Is that correct?

    3) I saw threads a while back about how Windows Server 2012 cannot be used to get a developer license, however I just verified today that it worked fine for me on the Server 2012 GA.  Is it officially supported to use MSBuild.exe to build a Windows Store application on Server 2012?

    4) Is it a problem if the server that builds the Windows Store application has a developer license generated from a different MSDN account than the one that will be used to submit the application to the Windows Store?

    • Edited by Adam Gross Thursday, September 20, 2012 6:42 PM
    Thursday, September 20, 2012 6:42 PM


  • 1 - The "longer" license is 90 days. It's 30 days without a developer account.

    2 - That's correct, it's a manual process on any machine (you have to manually accept the UAC prompt then enter Microsoft account credentials, etc.)

    3 - Yes. You can get the developer license using Server 2012 now. [don't know about "official" support for MSBuild - probably]

    4 - No problem. You can use any Microsoft account (AKA LiveId) to obtain the developer license. Accounts that are not associated with a developer account in the Store though will expire within 30 days though.

    Friday, September 21, 2012 4:07 PM