Visual Studio 2012 Professional Edition is an integrated development environment (IDE) for individual developers and small teams who build applications that operate on Microsoft Windows, in Microsoft SharePoint, in the cloud, or on Microsoft's web and mobile-device platforms.
This donation provides one license and a subscription to the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN).
If you have software development experience, you can use Visual Studio to:
Free Express Editions
For organisations that do not need the full functionality of Visual Studio, Microsoft offers free, downloadable Express editions.
Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) Subscription
This version of Visual Studio includes a two-year subscription to the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN). MSDN provides access to Microsoft operating systems and software, development kits, and the MSDN Library. Access is via the MSDN Subscriber Downloads site and through regular CD or DVD shipments.
Technical support includes:
To activate the MSDN subscription, you must perform an additional step while retrieving your license keys from the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center website. To activate an MSDN subscription, click Subscriptions in the VLSC menu bar and follow the MSDN link to enter information about the subscribing user. When the process is complete, the user will receive an email with a subscriber ID and directions to the MSDN website.
Installing this product requires installation media and a license key. The license key allows you to use the installation media to install the product on as many computers as you have received licenses for.
Expect three emails:
Under the Software Assurance program, you have the right to install any new release of products covered in the agreement during the term of your coverage.