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.


With nearly 20 years of software engineering and operations experience, Arthur Kay offers an extraordinary set of leadership skills and technical expertise to develop meaningful products and high-performing teams. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies, VC-funded startups and companies across a wide variety of industries to build cutting-edge software solutions.

Arthur is a successful entrepreneur, technology professional, and mentor. He is a full-time family man, part-time consultant and spare-time musician. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago and currently lives in greater Chicago-land.

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