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Visual Studio Workplace Question - Can you buy VS Professional licenses to be legally OK, but use Community instead for the actual development? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I would like some information regarding the following scenario.

    A company with 10 software developers, which is not an enterprise, can, according to the Terms of Use, have up to 5 of its developers use Visual Studio Community, while the rest 5 developers must use a licensed Visual Studio version (e.g. Visual Studio Professional).

    • The question is, (mostly for reasons of practicality), would it be OK if the company does purchase the required 5 Visual Studio Professional licenses, but the 5 developers actually use Visual Studio Community instead?

    I would expect it to be OK, since the legal requirements would be covered (and, besides, using Community instead of Professional would, technically, be less efficient for the developers anyway) by the purchase of the 5 licensed Professional versions, rather than their actual use. However, I would definitely like to have a more authoritative opinion/confirmation on this.

    Tuesday, December 10, 2019 1:39 PM

Answers

  • Hi Pink Power Ranger,

    Thank you for posting here.

    >> The question is, (mostly for reasons of practicality), would it be OK if the company does purchase the required 5 Visual Studio Professional licenses, but the 5 developers actually use Visual Studio Community instead?

    ## I’m afraid, the answer is no. The other 5 developers can’t use Visual Studio Community instead of Visual Studio Professional.

    ## You could refer to Visual Studio Licensing Whitepaper and it mentioned this “ For all other usage scenarios: In non-enterprise organizations up to 5 users can use Visual Studio Community… “ in page 7.

    BTW, VS pro has provided us with more features, and it inherits the advantages of VS Community but could do more. You could refer to Compare Visual Studio 2019 Editions to check their differences.

    Sorry for any inconvenience and any feedback will be expected.

    Best Regards,

    Tianyu


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    Wednesday, December 11, 2019 2:42 AM

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  • Hi Pink Power Ranger,

    Thank you for posting here.

    >> The question is, (mostly for reasons of practicality), would it be OK if the company does purchase the required 5 Visual Studio Professional licenses, but the 5 developers actually use Visual Studio Community instead?

    ## I’m afraid, the answer is no. The other 5 developers can’t use Visual Studio Community instead of Visual Studio Professional.

    ## You could refer to Visual Studio Licensing Whitepaper and it mentioned this “ For all other usage scenarios: In non-enterprise organizations up to 5 users can use Visual Studio Community… “ in page 7.

    BTW, VS pro has provided us with more features, and it inherits the advantages of VS Community but could do more. You could refer to Compare Visual Studio 2019 Editions to check their differences.

    Sorry for any inconvenience and any feedback will be expected.

    Best Regards,

    Tianyu


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    Wednesday, December 11, 2019 2:42 AM
  • I see.

    So, just buying the software would not be enough, it is the bought software that has to be used (e.g. Visual Studio Professional), instead of the Community Edition.

    Thank you very much for the response.

    Wednesday, December 11, 2019 3:06 AM
  • Hi Pink Power Ranger,

    Thank you for the feedback.

    Yes, just like what you said and the bought software has to be used.

    Have a nice day : )

    Best Regards,

    Tianyu


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    Wednesday, December 11, 2019 3:15 AM