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This document does not provide you with any legal rights to any intellectual property in any Microsoft product.You may copy and use this document for your internal, reference purposesTable of ContentsIntroduction .5Visual Studio 2019 Licensing Overview .5Users .5The Azure DevOps Server Environment .6Azure DevOps .6How to Buy .7Visual Studio 2019 Offerings and Purchasing Channels .7Visual Studio Community 2019 .8Who can use the Software .8Visual Studio Subscription Renewals and Upgrades .9Standard Subscriptions .9Standard Subscription Upgrade Options .9Renewing Down .10Cloud Subscriptions .10Azure DevOps Purchasing .10Other Channels .10User Licensing .12Licensed for Design, Development, Testing, and Demonstrating Your Programs .12What Software is Included and Downgrade Rights .12Different Licensed Users Can Run the Same Software .12Where the Software can be Installed and Run .13Additional Use Rights and Benefits for Visual Studio Subscribers .13Office Professional Plus 2019 and Office 365 ProPlus .13Production Use of Visual Studio Azure DevOps Server .13Monthly Microsoft Azure Credits for Visual Studio Subscribers .14Azure DevOps Benefits for Visual Studio Subscribers .14Cloud Use Rights: Running the Subscriber Software on Microsoft Azure VMs .14Cloud Use Rights: Running the Subscriber Software on Dedicated Hosted Cloud Services .15Lab Management .15Load Testing .16SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse Developer .16IntelliTrace .16When the Software Included is Subject to its Own Terms .17Prerelease and Trial Software .17SDKs, DDKs, Feature Packs, and patterns & practices Releases .172 2019 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Windows Embedded .17IntelliTrace Collector and Microsoft Management Agent .17Remote Tools .17Scenarios in which Unlicensed Users can use the Software .18Demonstration Using Terminal Services .18Acceptance Testing .18Feedback .18How Certain Software Can Be Distributed to Others within Your Applications .18Other Guidance .19When Windows on the “Developer Desktop” Requires a Separate License .19When Virtual Environments Require a Separate License .19Monitoring and Managing Development and Testing Environments Requires Management Licenses .19Perpetual Use Rights .20Reassignment of the License .20Distribution of the Software as Part of an Installation Image .20Assigning Visual Studio Subscriptions to External Entities (e.g. solution providers, independent contractors, offshoredevelopment centers) .21Visual Studio Subscriptions through Microsoft Partner Network(MPN) .22Product Keys and Installation Software .22Using Software Sourced from Subscriber Downloads but LicensedUnder a Production License .22Software Activation .22Visual Studio Azure DevOps Server Licensing .22Obtaining Visual Studio Azure DevOps Server .23General Guidance for Licensing Azure DevOps Server .23Server Licensing Requirements for Azure DevOps Server .24Reassignment of the Server License .24Using Visual Studio on the Build Server .24Client Licensing Requirements for Azure DevOps Server .25When a Client Access License is Not Required .25Server Features Requiring More than a CAL .25Choosing between User CALs and Device CALs .26Multiplexing and Pooling Do Not Reduce the Need for CALs .26Release Management .27Downgrade Rights for Azure DevOps Server .27Azure DevOps Server under Software Assurance .27Connecting Azure DevOps to a Local Build Server .28Methods of Accessing Azure DevOps Server .28Deployment Options .28Multi-Server (Two-Tier) Deployment .28Azure DevOps Build Services .29Lab Management Licensing .29Lab Management Components .29Lab Management Licensing .303 2019 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Appendix.31For More Information .31Evaluating Visual Studio .31Licensing Training Environments .31Historical Visual Studio Subscription Transitions .31Visual Studio 2015 .31Visual Studio 2013 .32Visual Studio 2012 .32Visual Studio 2010 .32Visual Studio 2008 .33Visual Studio 2005 .33Licensing White Paper Change Log .344 2019 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
IntroductionVisual Studio 2019 provides a rich, integrated development environment for creating stunning applications for Windows,Android, and iOS, as well as modern web applications and cloud services. Visual Studio 2019 also provides acomprehensive, highly flexible set of application lifecycle management (ALM) tools. Visual Studio subscriptions offercustomers high-value subscriber benefits such as 31 development/test use rights for Microsoft platform software like SQLServer/Windows/Windows Server, monthly Microsoft Azure credits, a developer account for publishing apps to theWindows Store and an Office 365 Developer subscription.The remainder of this paper provides an overview of the Visual Studio product line and the licensing requirements forthose products in common deployment scenarios. If you’re a volume licensing customer, the definitive guide to licensingterms and conditions is the Microsoft Licensing Product Terms and your licensing program agreement. For retailcustomers the license terms are specified in the Retail Software License Terms included with your product.Visual Studio 2019 Licensing OverviewWith the primary Visual Studio 2019 offerings there are essentially two things for which you purchase licenses:1.Users2.The Visual Studio Azure DevOps Server environmentAdditionally, you can purchase Azure DevOps for your team, which is billed along with other Microsoft Azure services.UsersThe primary way to license users is by purchasing the appropriate level Visual Studio subscription for each user who will beparticipating in software development projects. The software, services, and support included with Visual Studiosubscriptions varies by level, so you should consult the Visual Studio subscription comparison to determine the right levelfor the needs of each team member. The Visual Studio software and other Microsoft software that the individualsubscriber can install and run is defined by what is available for that Visual Studio subscription level in SubscriberDownloads while the user’s subscription is active.Visual Studio subscription options:A. Standard subscriptions (sold via the Microsoft Store and Volume Licensing resellers):5 Visual Studio Enterprise Subscription (formerly MSDN) Visual Studio Test Professional Subscription (formerly MSDN) Visual Studio Professional Subscription (formerly MSDN) MSDN Platforms 2019 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
B.Cloud subscriptions (sold via the Visual Studio Marketplace): Visual Studio Enterprise – monthly Visual Studio Professional – monthlyThe Azure DevOps Server EnvironmentThe Azure DevOps Server environment is where the software developers, testers, project managers, stakeholders, andother participants in the software development team collaborate, manage source code, manage and prioritize work,generate builds of the application, and much more. You purchase Windows Server and Azure DevOps Server licenses foreach server in this environment, plus Windows Server and Azure DevOps Server Client Access Licenses (CALs) for each userconnecting to these servers. Microsoft SQL Server 2019 Standard is included with the Azure DevOps Server license for usewith Azure DevOps Server.Azure DevOpsAzure DevOps offers a broad and growing set of cloud-based Application Lifecycle Management and DevOps capabilitiesfor use by your team. Creating a Azure DevOps account is free.It’s also free to add as many stakeholders and active Visual Studio subscribers to your Azure DevOps account as you need.All Visual Studio subscribers get Basic access to your account, plus certain Visual Studio subscriptions include additionalfeatures, such as the Azure Test Plan and Package Management extensions. The Visual Studio Marketplace provides anumber of additional features through extensions, many of which are free.In addition to the free stakeholders and Visual Studio subscribers, you get five free users in your account, with access toBasic features like
If you’re a volume licensing customer, the definitive guide to licensing terms and conditions is the Microsoft Licensing Product Terms and your licensing program agreement. For retail customers the license terms are specified in the Retail Software License Terms included with your product. Visual Studio 2019 Licensing Overview