Is it legal to use a license of Visual Studio Enterprise, paid by my company, at home for personnal projects ?

Anthony 1 Reputation point
2022-10-18T12:30:28.59+00:00

As a developer, my company has Visual Studio licenses so we can use the Enterprise version of the software.

Am I allowed to develop personnal applications at home, with my own computer, using this license ?

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  1. Dave Patrick 426.4K Reputation points MVP
    2022-10-18T12:54:01.577+00:00

    You'll find the EULAs here.
    https://visualstudio.microsoft.com/license-terms/

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  2. Michael Taylor 50,426 Reputation points
    2022-10-18T15:15:36.407+00:00

    Visual Studio is licensed per user so from Microsoft's view you have a legal copy of VS so whether you use it at work or home is up to you.

    However your company may frown upon you doing that. It is sort of like asking if you can take your work computer home and use it as your home computer not related to work. Most companies prohibit that. In fact they tend to say something about the computer (and software) being for company purposes only and any use for personal reasons (outside basic stuff like checking personal email) is prohibited. Furthermore most companies also say that anything produced by company computers belong to the company. So even if you wrote programs on your own time but using company hardware/software, it is still the companies. Finally you should read your employment agreement carefully. A lot of companies put clauses in to say that any software you write (whether on your own time or not, using your own equipment or not) belongs to the company as well.

    If you need a copy of VS for personal use then consider getting Visual Studio Community which is freely available.

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