A limited version of one program
that enables you to run
another program. To run a program written in Visual Basic
, for example, you need the runtime version of Visual Basic. This allows you to run Visual Basic programs but not to develop them yourself. Many other development applications
, particularly database applications
, require a runtime version to execute
Software companies have different approaches to runtime versions. Some allow you to distribute the runtime version freely, while others require that you pay a license fee.