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). See a summary of Volume Licensing Product Use Rights for specific licensing details.
Benefits for Organizations
If you have software development experience, you can use Visual Studio to:
- Develop custom applications for use in your organization
- Develop mobile and web applications for use by your constituents and donors
- Use major programming languages:
- Visual Basic
- Visual C#
- Visual C++
- Visual F#
- Develop for Windows 8:
- Use default project templates that provide the files, resources, and structure for various kinds of Windows Store apps
- Use various tools to debug, optimize, and publish apps
- Develop for the Web:
- Test the same page, application, or site in a variety of browsers
- Develop web applications against a server identical to IIS
- Develop for the Cloud:
- Develop, deploy, and test applications and services for Windows Azure
- Use profiling tools to identify the possible causes of poor performance
- Use Visual Studio LightSwitch templates to implement common application logic
- Develop for SharePoint:
- Accelerate project development with project templates and design tools
- Ensure that sites function correctly with testing and optimization facilities
- Use a deployment wizard to package a SharePoint site and upload it to a web server
Free Express Editions
For organizations 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:
- Unlimited use of MSDN Managed Newsgroups with guaranteed response times of two business days
- Unlimited access to MSDN Online Concierge for nontechnical questions regarding use of the MSDN site
- Two phone-based support incidents
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.
Obtaining This Product
Installing this product requires you to download the software from the Volume Licensing Service Center and enter a license key. You can download any available version or language for your product. After you download the software, learn how to install it or burn it to a disc for later use.
The license key allows you to install the product on as many computers as you have received licenses for. This quantity is specified in the first email you receive from TechSoup after requesting this product.
Expect three emails:
- When your donation request has been approved, TechSoup will send a message to your organization email address confirming the number of licenses you have requested.
- Microsoft will send an email welcoming your organization to the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC).
- TechSoup will send an email with information about obtaining your license key and managing your donation at the VLSC. If you are new to the VLSC, you should wait for this email before you register there.
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.