Which of the following sites in the Stack Overflow Trilogy would be the best for asking questions about Visual Studio licensing costs?



  • Could someone explain me, why this is the accepted answer? – Ladybug Killer Oct 22 '09 at 7:29
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    Ouch! When I first wrote it it got a couple upvotes and this was when it was accepted. Since then it's been hammered. I'd like to delete it but because it's an accepted answer I can't, and it doesn't seem right to me to change it (maybe I'm wrong about that). I see the OP hasn't logged on in a while and when he does perhaps he'll let me put it out of its misery! – Jay Riggs Oct 22 '09 at 15:00
  • Since this is meta.stackoverflow.com, a site to ask questions about SO, SF, and SU, I wanted to know which of these three sites would be the best place to inquire information about people's experience with VS licensing. It would be quite obvious that Microsoft would be the first place I would check before coming here. @Jay Riggs...no idea why you would get the stinkvote from everyone. – Michael Kniskern Oct 22 '09 at 15:35
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    @Michael: You could ask on SO, but the company (Microsoft) would be the best place to find information. It is after all their software and their licensing rules. They could inform you best of your options (lots of them in this case) of their licensing conditions. – Troggy Oct 22 '09 at 15:55
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    It's the right answer to the question as asked. Assuming the information on Microsoft's site was insufficient, and the questioner wanted our opinion on the interpretation, SO is the correct place. – David Thornley Oct 22 '09 at 17:48
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    @David: As you can see by counting the votes to the answers of this question, I would assume that a question about licensing gets closed pretty fast on SO. I.e. it is not the correct place. You don't get any answer. – Ladybug Killer Oct 22 '09 at 21:50


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    This. Why on earth would anyone go anywhere non-authoritative with such questions? – Shog9 Oct 21 '09 at 23:55
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    Have you ever tried to understand MS' licensing model? – perbert Oct 22 '09 at 0:05
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    @voyager: why would you even say such a thing?! You don't try to understand such abominations, you don't even speak of them by name unless forced, and then only in whispered tones... To attempt to understand them would be to welcome madness, to throw wide the doors of your soul and invite in the screeching demon horde. Understand them? No, my friend, a thousand times no! Recognize and accept that there is evil and discord in this world, but for the love of all that is good and holy DO NOT attempt to understand it... – Shog9 Oct 22 '09 at 0:19
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    @Shog9: So MS is Cthulu? Somehow I had my suspicions. – perbert Oct 22 '09 at 2:25

If you are a start-up or contractor etc you will find that StackOverflow gives you the best answers, otherwise you need to talk to a Microsoft reseller. However the Microsoft resellers will not tell you about the schemes that Microsoft has in place for start-ups.


Your local Microsoft Partner is actually the best resource. Failing that, this.

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    I've tried that. Their reps are as confused as the rest of us about how their insanely complicated licensing program works. – JohnFx Oct 22 '09 at 2:45
  • @JohnFx: that means that they are close enough to humans. – perbert Oct 22 '09 at 10:41

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