Visual Studio Dev Essentials

Free tools, cloud services, and training
Get everything you need to build and deploy your app on any platform. With state-of-the-art tools, the power of the cloud, training, and support, it’s our most comprehensive free developer program ever.
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Visual Studio Dev Essentials Training and Tools

Everything you need all in one place

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All the tools you need

Tools to develop for any platform – for free. Tools include an extensible integrated development environment and code editors to create apps for macOS, Linux, and Windows, on PC or Mac.
  • Visual Studio Community
  • Visual Studio Community for Mac
  • Visual Studio Code

Comprehensive set of cloud services

Free access to cloud services such as compute and storage, backend services for your mobile or web apps, services for IoT, machine learning, and analytics.
  • Azure free account (includes 1 yr of free services, $200 for 1st month)
  • Visual Studio Team Services account with five users*
  • App Service free tier
  • HockeyApp free tier
  • Application Insights free tier
Comprehensive set of cloud services
Sample of Software trials and downloads included in Dev Essentials

Software trials and downloads

Free access to software trials and downloads make it easy for you to develop for multiple platforms.
  • SQL Server Developer Edition*
  • Windows R Server*
  • Parallels Desktop® for Mac Pro Edition (3-month subscription)*
  • Parallels® Access (3-month subscription)*
  • Windows Platform VM (60 days)

World-class training and support

Free access to technical training from industry leaders such as Wintellect, Microsoft Virtual Academy, and Xamarin and priority support on MSDN forums.
  • Selected Xamarin University courses on-demand*
  • WintellectNOW (3-month subscription)*
  • Linux Academy (3-month subscription)*
  • Microsoft Virtual Academy
  • Priority Forum Support*
  • Opsgility (3-month subscription)
World-class training and support with Pluralsight, Xamarin University, and Wintellect
* Exclusive benefits only available through the Visual Studio Dev Essentials program.

Free tools

Cloud services

and training

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