One of the things we are doing in Whidbey Beta 2 is providing a broad Go-Live License agreement. Some of you may remember we provided an ASP.NET Go-Live License with the Beta 2 release of the .NET Framework 1.0, from an old blog post by Scott Guthrie. We view this as a terrific way to help enable our customers to get Whidbey now. This has already been a long product cycle, and our customers don’t want to wait any longer to get their hands on Whidbey. With the broad Go-Live we are giving customers that opportunity!
What products have Go-Live rights?
What does Go-Live mean? It basically breaks down like this…
Does Go-Live mean I have redistributable rights? No, as part of the broad Go-Live we are not providing external redistributable rights in Whidbey Beta 2. Although, an ISV can create an application targeting… say the .NET Framework 2.0 Redistributable…, provide that application to a customer, and inform their customer that they need to go to Microsoft to accept the Go-Live License and download the required redistributable in order to be able to run that application.Will I get product support? No, Microsoft will not be providing support for Whidbey Beta 2. Although, informal community support is available through online forums, such as newsgroups, blogs, etc. A good resource for this information is http://msdn.microsoft.com/community/.Will I get servicing support? No, Microsoft will not be providing any patches, updates or other fixes.When/how do I Sign up for the Go-Live License? The Go-Live agreement is available now: http://lab.msdn.microsoft.com/vs2005/golive/.