Buy Xamarin University

Last Update: 4/19/2017

Xamarin University offers live, online classes, office hours, self-guided learning, and guest lectures.

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To subscribe to Xamarin University you need:

  • A Microsoft account, such as, an outlook.com or hotmail.com address, or a work or school account, such as someone@fabrikam.com.

  • A Microsoft Azure subscription to use for billing. There is no cost to create an Azure subscription, which essentially is a billing account that gets charged when you buy something.

    You may already have an Azure subscription if you use Azure, or you pay for Visual Studio Team Services or other services through Visual Studio Marketplace. If you don't have an Azure subscription, you can sign up for Azure before or during your first Marketplace purchase. Learn more about using Azure subscriptions to bill Marketplace purchases.

Steps to buy Xamarin University from the Visual Studio Marketplace

  1. Sign in to Visual Studio Marketplace > Subscriptions with your Microsoft account, or with your work or school account:

  2. Choose Xamarin University:

    Choose Xamarin University

  3. On the next screen choose Buy:

    Buy Xamarin University

  4. Choose the Azure subscription that you want to use for billing. The name of the subscription defaults to the type of account it is, but you can change the name within the Azure Account portal. You can also create a new Azure subscription to use instead.

    Choose your Azure subscription or create a new one

  5. Choose the number of users:

    Choose the quantity of Xamarin University licenses you need

  6. Confirm your purchase:

    Confirm your purcase

    Your purchase is complete, and you can get started:

    Microsoft confirmation screen for purchasing Xamarin University

  7. There is information on the next screen explaining that Xamarin University will send you a redemption code to use on the Xamarin site:

    You will receive email with a redemption code for the Xamarin site

  8. The email that you will receive looks like this:

    Example email with redeption code

Q & A

Q: Where can I manage the Xamarin University subscriptions I've purchased?

A: If you're the Xamarin University team admin, use the Xamarin University Subscription Administration to assign Xamarin University subscriptions to your users.

Q: Can I buy Xamarin University through the Visual Studio Marketplace now?

A: Yes. Previously, Xamarin University was available for sale through Xamarin.com. We have moved purchasing to the Visual Studio Marketplace so that customers can buy Xamarin University along with other services on the same Azure bill.

Learn about billing Marketplace purchases with Azure.

Q: I'm an existing Xamarin University customer. How do I switch from paying through xamarin.com to paying through Azure?

A: Here's how:

  1. Wait until your existing Xamarin University subscription expires.

  2. Sign in to Visual Studio Marketplace > Subscriptions.

  3. Buy Xamarin University for the number of users who need it.

    If you need additional Xamarin University subscriptions before your current annual subscription expires, please make the new purchases in the Visual Studio Marketplace. All of your Xamarin University subscriptions`, wherever you purchased them, are managed in the Xamarin University Subscription Administration portal.

Q: How do I cancel or change the number of Xamarin University subscriptions I'm buying?

A: Follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to Visual Studio Marketplace > Subscriptions with the credentials used to purchase Xamarin University.

  2. Choose Xamarin University.

  3. Choose Buy, just as if you were buying a new Xamarin University subscription.

  4. Change the number of subscriptions. To cancel, enter zero. Confirm and finish.

    Increases take effect immediately, and your charges are prorated based on the number of days remaining in the current calendar month.

    Reducing the number of Xamarin University subscribers takes effect the first day of the following calendar month. At this time, please return to the Xamarin University portal to delete the users who should no longer have Xamarin University subscriptions.

Q: How does Azure billing work?

A: When you buy from the Visual Studio Marketplace, you select an Azure subscription to use for billing. If you don't have an Azure subscription, you can sign up either before or during your first purchase. You can set up payment with a credit card, or by invoice in some cases. Charges for your purchases will show up on your monthly Azure bill.

Note: You must keep your Azure subscription in good standing to use your Visual Studio Marketplace purchases. If your Azure subscription is canceled or becomes disabled, for example, because the credit card used for payment expires, then any purchases with this Azure subscription will be deactivated on the 1st day of next month. To continue using your Visual Studio Marketplace purchases, please keep your Azure subscription active and updated.

Q: Can I use an Enterprise Agreement to buy from the Visual Studio Marketplace?

A: Yes, please buy directly from the Visual Studio Marketplace where you can bill purchases to the Azure subscription that was created under your Enterprise Agreement (EA). Don't order Visual Studio Marketplace services through your reseller.

Q: Can I use the Azure Monetary Commitment funds from my Enterprise Agreement to buy from the Visual Studio Marketplace?

A: Yes. You can use these prepaid funds to pay for:

You can't use these funds to pay for Visual Studio cloud subscriptions and non-Microsoft extensions for Team Services and Team Foundation Server.

Q: Can I use the Azure Free Trial to buy from the Visual Studio Marketplace?

A: No, you can't use the Azure Free Trial to pay for Visual Studio Marketplace purchases, which applies to Visual Studio Team Services, HockeyApp plans, Xamarin University, and so on. Instead, set up a separate Pay-As-You-Go Azure subscription, which you can do before or during your purchase.

Q: Can I use the monthly Azure credits from Visual Studio subscriptions or Visual Studio Dev Essentials to buy from the Visual Studio Marketplace?

A: No, you can't use the monthly Azure credits from Visual Studio subscriptions and Visual Studio Dev Essentials to pay for Visual Studio Marketplace purchases. However, you can use the included Azure subscriptions to bill your purchases. Before you make purchases, you must remove your spending limit from these subscriptions.

Spending limit

Important: Remove your spending limit indefinitely. This prevents disabling your Azure subscription when your monthly charges are billed the next month. Otherwise, all resources billed to this subscription will be suspended, including virtual machines and all other workloads.

Remove spending limit indefinitely

Q: Where can I check my bill or correct any billing information on my Azure subscription?

A: If you're the Azure account administrator, visit the Azure Account portal.

Q: How do I get support for the Visual Studio Marketplace?

A: Depending on the support you need:

Q: Can I use an Enterprise Agreement to buy from the Visual Studio Marketplace?

A: Yes, please buy directly from the Visual Studio Marketplace where you can bill purchases to the Azure subscription that was created under your Enterprise Agreement (EA). Don't order Visual Studio Marketplace services through your reseller.

Q: How can I tell whether I have the necessary privileges to buy services in the Visual Studio Marketplace through my organization's Enterprise Agreement?

A: The easiest approach to determine if you have the right privileges is to click the Buy button for a service offered in the Visual Studio Marketplace. You need to select an Azure subscription (which is a billing account) from a presented list of Azure subscriptions that are currently linked to your login. Because the name of the Azure subscription defaults to the type of billing account ("Pay-As-You-Go", "Enterprise Agreement", etc.), it is often clear if the Azure subscription is part of your Enterprise Agreement.

Another approach is to attempt to visit the Azure Enterprise Portal. If you can reach it successfully, then you already have either the Enterprise Admin or the Account Owner role. Only Account Owners can set up new Azure billing accounts in an Enterprise Agreement. If you cannot access the Azure Enterprise Portal, then please inquire within your organization to find out who your Enterprise Admin is, and ask that person to add you as an Account Owner within the Azure Enterprise Portal. If you are unable to find this person, you can submit a support ticket and request the contact information. You need your organization's name and your Enterprise Agreement enrollment number for the support ticket.