Visual Studio Subscriptions – everything you need for Azure development

Lan Kaim

Recently, our product team has been talking with Visual Studio subscribers to learn more about how they approach cloud development. Many of the subscribers we spoke with mentioned that they were unaware of the benefits included with a Visual Studio subscription, that are intended to make learning new technologies and prototyping easy.

If you’re interested in cloud development, or simply want to learn more about new development tools, techniques, and frameworks, your subscription includes a wide range of benefits you can use. The level of these benefits you have depends on your subscription type. Check out this benefits video or read on below for an overview.

Cloud services

Subscribers have access to unlimited Azure DevOps accounts and access to features on any Azure DevOps organization to share code, track work, and ship software. You can use Azure Pipelines to run Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery jobs and automate the compilation, testing and deployment of applications, for all languages, platforms and cloud services. You also get access to Azure Boards, which lets you deliver software faster thanks to proven agile tools for planning, tracking and discussing work items across teams.

Your subscription has a $50-$150 monthly Azure credit, which is ideal for experimenting with and learning about Azure services—your own personal sandbox for dev/test. When you activate this benefit, a separate Azure subscription is created with a monthly credit balance that renews each month while you remain an active Visual Studio subscriber. If the credits run out before the end of the month, the Azure services are suspended until more credits are available. No surprises, no cost, no credit card required. If you wonder what you can buy with a $50 credit, check out this blog post for some ideas.

If you’d like to collaborate with your team in the cloud, the Azure Dev/Test offer enables you to quickly get up and running with dev/test environments in the cloud using exclusive pre-configured virtual machines and up to a 50% discount on a range of services. You have the flexibility to create multiple Azure subscriptions based on this offer, enabling you to maintain isolated environments and a separate bill for different projects or teams.

Visual Studio Enterprise subscriptions include Enterprise Mobility + Security to help you secure and manage identities, devices, apps and data.

Developer tools

Subscribers have continued access to the latest versions of Visual Studio IDE on Windows & Mac.

Cloud migration tools such as CAST Highlight by CAST (Enterprise only) and CloudPilot by UnifyCloud were recently added as new benefits to help you get a head start on your app modernization journey and migration to the cloud.

Training and support

Take your skills to the next level with LinkedIn Learning and Pluralsight courses included in your subscriber benefits.

Your subscription also provides access to technical experts, Azure Advisory Chat, and Azure Community to help you solve issues and answer questions. Just submit a technical support ticket, questions via chat, or start community discussions.

You can find all these benefits by logging into the subscriber portal at Contact your admin for access to the portal if you do not have a currently assigned subscription. For more information on how to use your benefits, check out our docs.

We would love to hear your feedback, suggestions, thoughts, and ideas in the comments below.