Re: Is Visual C++ totally free?
Rolf Magnus wrote:
Bo Persson wrote:
Juha Nieminen wrote:
Erik Wikstr?m wrote:
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This is the license for the VC++ 2008 Express software, it only
applies to that software, not any software created with it.
But if you use the software to make commercial software, isn't
that commercial use of the software?
No. Please check the FAQ at
Especially question 7
a.. 7. Can I use Express Editions for commercial use?
Yes, there are no licensing restrictions for applications built
using Visual Studio Express Editions.
Well, IMHO that contradicts the license, and in such a case, I'd
rather go with the license than the FAQ, because the license is a
legal text and the FAQ isn't.
In what way does it contradict the license? Nowhere does it say "You
may not sell your software". It does say "You may not distribute our
software separately, only as a part of your own". That is totally
When they try to explain the legalese in the FAQ, the explanation is:
"Can I use Express Editions for commercial use? Yes, there are no
licensing restrictions for applications built using Visual Studio
What's wrong with "Yes" and "no restrictions"? :-)
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