-Any number of users can use the software to develop and test applications published under Open Source Initiative (OSI) approved open source software licenses. I did my due diligence and read the licensing agreements mentioned below for both products, and there seems to be nothing that prevents small businesses from using these products to make commercial products such as websites, etc. Remember that we don`t redistribute any of the actual components, we only use Visual Studio as IDE and we could very well switch to another free software like SharpDevelop. So if you use it only for the development of open source projects, aircraft drivers, MVS extensions or for educational purposes, you can use it for free. Otherwise, a company can use it for free for up to 5 simultaneous developers, more than that, and you need to acquire a professional or business license. >>I run a small start-up (13 people including my partner) with 7. NET developers, including me and I have 3 professional Licenses From Visual Studio, can I download and use Visual Studio Community Edition for the remaining 4 developers?. I run a small start-up company (13 people including my partner) with 7. NET developers, including me and I have 3 professional Licenses From Visual Studio, can I download and use Visual Studio Community Edition for the remaining 4 developers?. The reason I ask is that I`ve been doing this for two years. My work included small sites for foreign and local companies, my annual turnover is less than USD 1 million and I have about 15 PCS in total, some M.S. guys claim to insist that we cannot use the community version for business development and that, if we do, the revenues of the same must be shared with Microsoft. These guys who claim to be from M.S( I guess they are Microsoft resellers) and harass me and threaten me with lawsuits, I want to know if what they say is actually true, because buying 4 licenses immediately is pretty expensive for me.
I read the CGs and it is mentioned that organizations that are not companies can use community publishing if they are not a business for 5 simultaneous users. I have to say I`m in India. I think what is not authorized by the SharpDevelop licensing agreement was designed as a free and lightweight alternative to Microsoft Visual Studio, and contains equivalent functionality for almost all the main features of Visual Studio Express and features that are very similar to those of Borland Kylix and Delphi, including extensive project management, code processing, application compilation and debugging functionality.   Specifically, the IDE contains a graphic designer, code/design views, syntax, menus for automatic completion (similar to IntelliSense) the ability to compile and debug form/console applications a „New Project“ assistant, Toolbars, menus, panels and reception system:7 and integrated code-redevelopment tools, and it has an integrated debug that allows stepping, displaying the values of objects in memory and stopping points.  SharpDevelop`s graphical interface designers work with the languages „C,“ „ VB.NET, Boo and IronPython and IronRuby“ using the following GUI technologies: Cognosys presents this specially preconfigured SharpDevelop image.