Microsoft's Visual Studio Code Binary is not free software

Carl Chenet took some time to go through the visual studio code binary license and to no one’s surprise, found that Microsoft is as anti-privacy as always.

Lets have a look at some pieces of it. You can find the full license here:

This license applies to the Visual Studio Code product. The source code is available under the MIT license agreement.

First sentence of the license. The difference between the license of the source code and the « product », meaning the binary you’re going to use, is clearly stated.

Data Collection. The software may collect information about you and your use of the software, and send that to Microsoft.

Yeah right, no kidding. Big Surprise from Microsoft.

The license is as restrictive as they come.

Fortunately, there are work underway where the source code is built without Microsoft branding over at If you are on Mac, running brew cask install vscodium is all you need to get the free software.