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Visio Usage with MSDN Licensing? RRS feed

  • Question

  • All,

    I am looking for a very simple answer to a question I have asked and repeatedly researched through multiple channels to no avail. Here is the situation:

    I am a developer with an MSDN professional subscription that would like to use Visio as a tool convey to internal business users, the architecture of the code that I am developing using Visual Studio. I have read the Visual Studio licensing white paper here:

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=13350

    Regarding the following statement in the White Paper:

    "Each licensed user may install and use the software on any number of devices to design, develop, test, and demonstrate their programs."

    I would only be using Visio to design and demonstrate the code that I develop.

    And with respect to the following, also in the White Paper:

    "The software can be installed and used on your devices at work, at home, at school, and even on devices at a customer’s office or on dedicated hardware hosted by a 3rd party. Most subscriber software can also be run in Microsoft Azure VMs. However, the software is otherwise not licensed for use in production environments."

    I would only ever install it on my development laptop and maybe my development desktop at home, never anywhere else.

    So, very simple question: Is using Visio in the manner I outlined allowed under an MSDN Visual Studio Enterprise Subscription or not?

    Wednesday, February 28, 2018 10:16 PM

Answers

  • Thank you for the reply, Rob.

    I had already read the article you linked in your response as our company has an active subscription to DirectionsOnMicrosoft and I have attended a handful of your webinars. What is still unclear to me and what is really at the base of my question is if the scenario I outlined in my original post is considered a development usage of Visio. If so, I should be able to use it to design and demonstrate the code I am developing so long as it is not installed in a production environment. If, however, it still is considered a production usage even in my use case, then the article would apply and I would have to request a formal license or use some other alternative.

    Dear S Valenzuela,

    As long as you are not using the Visio license in the production environment you are good to proceed.

    If you still have clarifications please contact the Visual Studio Subscription support from the following link and submit online request or chat with the Visual Studio Subscription team.

    https://www.visualstudio.com/subscriptions/support/

    Thanks,
    prathaprabhu


    If my reply is useful please mark it as answered as it help other users with the same query. I am a Microsoft Partner, MVP and MCC and I want to become One Day Microsoft CEO. https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/237697e9-8504-4686-a19b-642cb3fd7393/how-to-contact-visual-studio-subscription-support-step-by-step-tutorial-w-screenshots?forum=msdnfeedback https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/64b37019-90cf-4633-a4c6-349512c33427/activating-subscription-with-work-email-and-subscription-id?forum=msdnfeedback

    • Marked as answer by S Valenzuela Tuesday, March 6, 2018 10:57 PM
    Saturday, March 3, 2018 2:03 AM

All replies

  • I can't say for sure, and I don't work for Microsoft. But I would be careful.

    https://www.directionsonmicrosoft.com/roadmap/2013/01/production-use-visio-and-project-removed-msdn

    Thursday, March 1, 2018 5:12 PM
  • Thank you for the reply, Rob.

    I had already read the article you linked in your response as our company has an active subscription to DirectionsOnMicrosoft and I have attended a handful of your webinars. What is still unclear to me and what is really at the base of my question is if the scenario I outlined in my original post is considered a development usage of Visio. If so, I should be able to use it to design and demonstrate the code I am developing so long as it is not installed in a production environment. If, however, it still is considered a production usage even in my use case, then the article would apply and I would have to request a formal license or use some other alternative.

    Thursday, March 1, 2018 5:59 PM
  • Thank you for the reply, Rob.

    I had already read the article you linked in your response as our company has an active subscription to DirectionsOnMicrosoft and I have attended a handful of your webinars. What is still unclear to me and what is really at the base of my question is if the scenario I outlined in my original post is considered a development usage of Visio. If so, I should be able to use it to design and demonstrate the code I am developing so long as it is not installed in a production environment. If, however, it still is considered a production usage even in my use case, then the article would apply and I would have to request a formal license or use some other alternative.

    Dear S Valenzuela,

    As long as you are not using the Visio license in the production environment you are good to proceed.

    If you still have clarifications please contact the Visual Studio Subscription support from the following link and submit online request or chat with the Visual Studio Subscription team.

    https://www.visualstudio.com/subscriptions/support/

    Thanks,
    prathaprabhu


    If my reply is useful please mark it as answered as it help other users with the same query. I am a Microsoft Partner, MVP and MCC and I want to become One Day Microsoft CEO. https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/237697e9-8504-4686-a19b-642cb3fd7393/how-to-contact-visual-studio-subscription-support-step-by-step-tutorial-w-screenshots?forum=msdnfeedback https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/64b37019-90cf-4633-a4c6-349512c33427/activating-subscription-with-work-email-and-subscription-id?forum=msdnfeedback

    • Marked as answer by S Valenzuela Tuesday, March 6, 2018 10:57 PM
    Saturday, March 3, 2018 2:03 AM
  • Thank you, Prathaprabhu,

    It has been a few days and no one else has answered so I am going to mark your response as the answer. Unless someone else from the community offers a differing opinion, I will proceed with using Visio as a tool for facilitating the design and development of my code on my development laptop.

    Thanks,

    S Valenzuela

    Tuesday, March 6, 2018 11:01 PM
  • Speaking from audit experience, installing MSDN products on a production developer laptop is out of compliance.  The Visio would need to be installed on a non-prod device, like if your developers had laptops on a test-only domain, for example.
    Thursday, October 25, 2018 4:24 PM
  •  production developer laptop -- Is that not an oxymoron by itself?
    Friday, March 8, 2019 9:12 AM
  • I guess you haven't heard of developmenstruction...
    Thursday, October 3, 2019 6:09 PM