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  • Is it ethical to install personally purchased on my company laptop?

    I've always been a user Intellij IDEA for Java and have a personal license for it. My company, however, uses Eclipse. I'd very much prefer to continue using Intellij but I am wondering if there would be an issue if I installed it onto my company laptop...

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    In regard to your question, every company is going to be different in their view of appropriate usage of the company laptop. I would guess that installing software you paid for onto their laptop is unlikely to be an issue. The reverse, installing company licensed software on your personal computer, would almost certainly be a violation of the software license and company policies.

    That being said, my personal preference is to keep very discreet lines between company and personal. In your position, I would request that the company purchase a license for IntelliJ.