[Interest] MSVC not-the-latest: are you using it? why?

Konrad Rosenbaum konrad at silmor.de
Wed Jan 25 15:38:46 CET 2023


On 25/01/2023 14:44, Adam Light wrote:
>     What I also didn't know is that if you've purchased the licence
>     for a given
>     VS, you're not entitled to the upgrade to the next. I know this is
>     how it used
>     to be with Microsoft Office back in the 90s and even the old
>     Visual Studios, but
>     I thought this practice was long gone. You can upgrade Windows for
>     free, after
>     all.
> There are a lot of different licensing schemes for Visual Studio, so I 
> would not be surprised if what you said is true for some people.
> I purchased a single-user perpetual license to VS 2019 through the 
> Microsoft Store several years ago and was not eligible for a free 
> upgrade (or low-cost upgrade) to VS 2022, as far as I could tell. In 
> fact, after VS 2022 was officially released, it was not even possible 
> to purchase a perpetual license on the MS store. I had to file a bug 
> report with the VS project and have that percolate through several 
> layers of bureaucracy for about a month before I could even give MS my 
> money.
> I think MS wants people to buy their subscriptions, not perpetual 
> licenses. Our product's release cycle is around 3 years, and we use 
> the same version of Visual Studio and Qt for that period, so the 
> subscription doesn't pay off for us.

If you have more than a couple of developers using Microsoft tools it 
might be worth becoming a "Microsoft Solution Partner" (or something 
similar) - it usually starts making sense if you have 10-15 devs in the 
company. AFAIR two developers need to get a Microsoft Certificate (if 
you are consulting or target the MS product market it makes for nice 
advertisement anyway) and I don't know how much you have to pay for the 
"privilege" of calling yourself a "partner". It comes with a certain 
number of licenses for all the fancy Enterprisy tools (some are worth 
it, others are worse sh*t), including all versions of Visual Studio. 
With a setup like this you can simply assign an admin to watch over the 
budget of licenses and skip the bureaucrazy.


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