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Yes, I have read the licensing agreements and it does not say anything very clear. Edition: Thanks for all the help and advice, I end now because it seems like it`s really free!. The details of the licensing terms of the latest Visual Studio versions of community publishing are here: This question is more for my knowledge than anything else (since I recently replaced my community editions and Express editions with Visual Studio Professional), I am well aware that Visual Studio Express is a very limited version, but if there is actually something that actually prohibits small businesses from using this on their machines. Yes, you can use Express editions of Visual Studio and SQL Server to create personal and commercial code. „A number of free development tools are also available, including Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8, Visual Studio Express 2012 for the Web, Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop and Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Phone 8. These tools provide a subset of the features available in Visual Studio Professional 2012 and are specific to writing applications that target these platforms. Each of these Visual Studio Express 2012 products is authorised per user and is subject to the terms of use contained in the product. Visual Studio Express can be used to create production applications. Visual Studio Express products are available free of charge and can be used for commercial production purposes subject to the licensing conditions of each product. The Express is really free. It is not a 🙂 I would stop to wonder why you want to use it, because there are almost no cases where your company is not the big loser of VisualStudio.

It is free because it is basically only useful for learning and making products that block you at a really high cost on the road. Development studios are free for any large platform. Don`t just jump into VS because you can get a free version. The odds are good, 99% of the time, you should run away. Therefore, from a policy point of view, you should not have to specify your users` licensing conditions for your construction tools.