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VDA

A Per-Device or Per-User subscription that licenses access to Windows Client OSs running within server-hosted virtual desktops and in many cases also allows local use of Windows Enterprise on client devices.

VDA Device SL

A Per-Device subscription license allowing a client device to be used by any user to access Windows Client OSs running within server-hosted virtual desktops, and to install and run Windows Enterprise locally on most Windows-capable devices.

VDA User SL

A Per-User subscription that allows an individual user to access Windows Client OSs running within server-hosted virtual desktops, and to install and run Windows Enterprise locally on most Windows-capable client devices.

VDI

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure is most often used to refer to virtual desktops running the Windows client OS in VMs (virtual machines); sometimes used more broadly to describe any server-based desktop architecture or infrastructure.

Version

Designates a significant release of an on-premises product; use of a newer version almost always requires an additional fee of some sort.

Version Downgrade

A form of substitution, whereby a customer owning a license for a specific version and edition of a product deploys an older version of the same (or equivalent) edition instead.

Version upgrade rights

This SA (Software Assurance) benefit provides the right to deploy new product versions that become available during the term of SA coverage. See synonym New Version Rights for in-depth entry.

Virtual core

A unit of processing power allocated to a VM (virtual machine); sometimes relevant under the Per Core License Model.

Virtual desktop

A type of server-based desktop architecture where each user has a dedicated OS instance running in a VM (virtual machine) hosted on a server.

Virtual Desktop Access

A Per-Device or Per-User subscription that licenses access to Windows Client OSs running within server-hosted virtual desktops and in many cases also allows local use of Windows Enterprise on client devices. See VDA for in-depth entry.

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

Most often used to refer to virtual desktops running the Windows client OS in VMs (virtual machines); sometimes used more broadly to describe any server-based desktop architecture or infrastructure. See synonym VDI for in-depth entry.

Virtual Machine

Software component that emulates the CPU, memory, and other hardware of a computer; see VM for a detailed entry

Virtual OSE

An OSE (operating system environment) running on a VM (virtual machine)]; see OSE for more details.

Visio

A line of software and online services for creating and sharing business and technical diagrams, such as network diagrams and office layouts.

Visio Online

Tool for viewing and creating business and technical diagrams, such as flowcharts, organization charts, and office layouts; delivered as both a browser-based and Windows-based application and licensed via User SLs.

Visio Pro for Office 365

Tool for viewing and creating business and technical diagrams, such as flowcharts, organization charts, and office layouts; delivered as both a browser-based and Windows-based application and licensed via User SLs. Renamed; see Visio Online (Plan 2) for in-depth entry.

Visio Professional

Higher end edition of Windows client application for viewing, creating, and modifying business and technical diagrams; licensed Per-Device under the Desktop Applications License Model.

Visio Standard

Lower end edition of Windows client application for viewing, creating, and modifying business and technical diagrams; licensed Per-Device under the Desktop Applications License Model.

Visio Timeline

Outlines major licensing and packaging changes to Visio-branded applications.

Visual Studio

The brand name used for both fee-based and free application development tools and related on-premises and online services offerings used to design, develop, and test commercial and in-house applications.

Visual Studio and MSDN SA Benefits

Summary of SA (Software Assurance) benefits associated with Visual Studio and MSDN-related licenses, organized by high and low value benefits

Visual Studio and MSDN Timeline

Outlines major licensing, packaging, and pricing changes made to Visual Studio- and MSDN- branded offerings.

Visual Studio Code

A cross-platform code editor with extensible support for development operations such as building and debugging applications; use is free with no restrictions against commercial use.

Visual Studio Community

The functional equivalent of the Visual Studio Professional integrated development environment (IDE) offered for free but with usage restrictions that make it unsuitable for most midsize and large organizations’ purposes.

Visual Studio Enterprise

A Windows-based integrated development environment (IDE) used to design, develop, debug, and test commercial and in-house applications, usually running in conjunction with Microsoft software or online services; licensed as part of the Visual Studio Enterprise Subscription.

Visual Studio Enterprise Subscription

Licenses (mostly) non-production use of Microsoft products; targets developers requiring the most advanced debugging, diagnostics, testing, modeling, and lab management capabilities, and applications developers leveraging server-based software besides SQL Server.

Visual Studio Enterprise with MSDN

Licenses (mostly) non-production use of Microsoft products; targets developers requiring the most advanced debugging, diagnostics, testing, modeling, and lab management capabilities, and applications developers leveraging server-based software besides SQL Server. Renamed Apr. 2017; see Visual Studio Enterprise Subscription for in-depth entry.

Visual Studio Express

A family of three free development tools, each providing a subset of Visual Studio Professional functionality; being phased out with Microsoft recommending use of Visual Studio Community instead.

Visual Studio Online

An online service that provides source code control, build management, and other Visual Studio Team Foundation Server (TFS) functionality. See successor product Visual Studio Team Services for in-depth entry.

Visual Studio Premium with MSDN

A discontinued MSDN offering targeting high-end development; replaced by Visual Studio Enterprise Subscription.

Visual Studio Professional

An integrated development environment (IDE) used to design, develop, debug, and test commercial and in-house applications, usually running in conjunction with Microsoft software or online services; licensed under the Developer Tools License Model.

Visual Studio Professional Subscription

Licenses non-production use of a broad array of Microsoft products; targets developers who do not require the advanced debugging, diagnostics, testing, architecture and modeling, and lab management capabilities unique to the Visual Studio Enterprise IDE.

Visual Studio Professional with MSDN

Licenses non-production use of Microsoft products; targets developers who do not require the advanced debugging, diagnostics, testing, architecture and modeling, and lab management capabilities unique to the Visual Studio Enterprise IDE. Renamed Apr. 2017; see Visual Studio Professional Subscription for in-depth entry.

Visual Studio Team Foundation Server

Windows Server-based server software that provides source code control, project and build management, test execution, and centralized storage for collaborative application development; licensed under a somewhat modified Server/CAL License Model.

Visual Studio Team Foundation Server Express

A free edition of Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, a Windows Server-based application lifecycle management tool for developers and testers, but with use limited to five or fewer users.

Visual Studio Team Services

An online service that provides source code control, build management, and other Visual Studio Team Foundation Server (TFS) functionality; limited use is free, otherwise requires Per User subscriptions and monthly consumption-based fees.

Visual Studio Test Professional Subscription

Licenses testing tools along with non-production use of a broad array of Microsoft software and online services; targets personnel involved with software test planning, authoring, execution, and tracking.

Visual Studio Test Professional with MSDN

Licenses testing tools along with non-production use of a broad array of Microsoft software and online services; targets personnel involved with software test planning, authoring, execution, and tracking. Renamed Apr. 2017; see Visual Studio Test Professional Subscription for in-depth entry.

Visual Studio Ultimate with MSDN

A discontinued MSDN offering targeting high-end development requiring the most advanced debugging and load and performance testing tools; replaced by Visual Studio Enterprise Subscription.

Visual Studio with MSDN Edition Packaging

Illustration compares development and test tools, OSs, application software, online services, and other benefits included with editions of Visual Studio with MSDN.

VM

An OS (operating system) instance and applications that exhibits the behavior of a separate computer but does not require its own dedicated hardware to run.

Volume Activation Management Tool

Allows administrators to monitor products activated with AD Activation, KMS (Key Management Service), or MAK (Multiple Activation Key).

Volume licensing program

Programs designed to make bulk purchases more practical and convenient for organizations that want to license Microsoft products for production purposes, as well as for development and testing of internal applications.

VS

The brand name used for both fee-based and free software development tools and related on-premises and online services offerings used to design, develop, and test commercial and in-house applications. See Visual Studio for in-depth entry.