Free Version of Visual Studio

A little more than 3 months ago I downloaded the 90-day free trial of Microsoft Visual Studio so that I could start fooling around with both .NET and Silverlight. I have to say that I am a big fan of Visual Studio, though I’m certainly not a fan of its high price tag to buy a licensed copy.

Last week, I opened Visual Studio and was warned that my trial would expire in 4 days. I’m not done working on a Silverlight tutorial, so I was a little frightened that VS would kick me out… and I decided to just leave the application open and running.

More than a week later, Visual Studio still hasn’t kicked me out.

Now, since I’m really only using VS to test Silverlight I’m not terribly worried about breaking any user-agreement which might be part of the 90-day trial. Plus, I’m not using it in a corporate environment.

The bottom line is this: Microsoft dropped the ball here. While it happens to work out to my advantage, you’d think they would know how to properly program a trial version of their flagship software product.

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Arthur Kay is a long-time nerd and JavaScript enthusiast. He lives in the Chicago suburbs and is active in the local web development community.

Arthur currently works for Sencha, Inc. as Developer Relations Manager. The thoughts, ideas, and opinions expressed on this website are Arthur's alone and do not represent his employer.

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