Difference between "express" and "pay" version of ASP .NET

Posted on 2009-02-09
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
What are the differences, and limitations, and LEGAL issues between the freely distributed "Express" edition of ASP >NET and the commercial version you pay for?

I am on a shoestring budget but I want to develop some web controls and websites using ASP .NET.  Is it possible to develop compatible controls in "Express" that will work in the commercial ( enterprise ) editions?
Question by:knowlton
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    First off, ASP.Net is, and will always be, FREE.

    You are talking about the Microsoft Visual Studio GUI's.  But the short answer to your question is "yes", in fact, if you are just getting started, the Express versions will let you do many many thing as you have complete control over the full range of ASP.Net features.
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    Yes it is possible to do that with no issues. The express editions comes in different versions like visual web developer, visual c# visual j# etc. The paid version is all combiled into one editor. There are some limitions in free versions like allowing one project per solutons etc. You can use it to build any application as usual.
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    That's fantastic news.

    And what about the licensing?  Meaning - is the "Express" edition just for students or educational use and cannot be used to develop commercial apps?
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    I dont think it is a problem to develop commercial applications using express editions
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    See point number 7 on this link

    # Can I use Express Editions for commercial use?

    Yes, there are no licensing restrictions for applications built using Visual Studio Express Editions.

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