Software, services, support, training - Visual Studio with MSDN subscriptions give you a wide range of resources that help you succeed as a developer on Microsoft platforms. With a huge library of both current and previous editions of Microsoft software, plus access to Microsoft’s ALM solution, you have the tools and information you need to support the entire development process. The following benefits are available depending on which subscription you choose.
Software and Services
Access thousands of Microsoft products
MSDN subscriptions bring you the most complete library of Microsoft products and services to use for design, development, and testing. Subscribers receive access to past, present, and future software, including the latest release of Visual Studio. Simple per-user licensing enables you to install and use the software as much as you need in your development projects. And cloud-use rights give you increased flexibility to set up your environments the way you want.
Manage the application lifecycle on premises or in the cloud
Improve agility and team collaboration with Visual Studio Online, an end-to-end, cloud-based ALM solution accessible from virtually anywhere. From version control and code reviews to agile planning and automated builds, Visual Studio Online can help you meet challenging deadlines and improve software quality. For teams that need finer-grained control over their processes or want to use existing on-premises infrastructure, Team Foundation Server and a TFS CAL is included with your MSDN subscription.
Develop and test faster with Microsoft Azure
Microsoft Azure enables you to develop and test applications faster, at reduced cost, and with the flexibility to deploy in the cloud or on-premises. As an MSDN subscriber, you receive a monthly credit to use for any Microsoft Azure service for development and test, plus discounted rates and access to pre-configured virtual machines. Rapidly provision cloud resources to build scalable cloud applications, test existing applications in virtual machines, or create hybrid applications that span on-premises and cloud infrastructure.
Get developer accounts for the latest Microsoft platformsWindows, Windows Phone, and Office are more developer-friendly than ever. MSDN subscriptions give you the access you need to create and sell modern applications for the most popular Microsoft platforms, including a Windows and Windows Phone developer account. And with your Office 365 Developer Subscription, you also get an Office 365 Developer Site to use as a development and testing environment for Office and SharePoint apps, including the ability to publish and profit from your apps in the Office Store.
Support and Learning
Overcome development challenges with Professional Technical Support
MSDN subscriptions provide up to four Microsoft professional technical support incident requests that you can use for assistance with technical break-fix issues in non-production environments so you can keep your application moving forward.
Get answers in MSDN forums with priority support
The MSDN forums are highly active, technology-specific communities of expert developers just like you—they’re a go-to source for tips, techniques, and answers to all your technical questions. As an MSDN subscriber, if you don't get an answer from the community in select MSDN forums, Microsoft engineers will respond within two business days.
Sharpen your skills with Pluralsight training
Take your skills to the next level with Pluralsight training, the world's largest tech training library providing online courses for professional developers and IT admins. MSDN subscribers receive access to select courses, plus offline viewing through mobile players, pre and post course assessments, downloadable course exercise files and course discussion forums.
Keep up to date with the latest trends and resources
MSDN Magazine delivers in-depth tutorials on subjects ranging from creating modern apps to improving debugging processes. Code samples and expert guidance accelerate your learning and help you create better software and services.
Maximize the value of MSDN with Online Chat
Not sure where to find that Knowledge Base article? Need help with MSDN Subscriber Downloads? MSDN Online Chat is there for MSDN subscribers 24/7 to help you get answers to non-technical questions about how to use your MSDN benefits.
Compare Subscriptions Benefits
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|Visual Studio Professional with MSDN
|Visual Studio Test Professional with MSDN
|Visual Studio Premium with MSDN
|Visual Studio Ultimate with MSDN
|Software and services for production use|
|Visual Studio Edition
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|• Debugging and Diagnostics|
|• Testing Tools||
|• Integrated Development Environment|
|• Development Platform Support|
|• Architecture and Modeling|
|• Lab Management|
|• Collaboration tools||
Team Foundation Server 2013
and one Client Access License 1
|Visual Studio Online access level 2||Advanced||Basic||Advanced||Advanced||Advanced|
|Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013|
|Software and services for development and testing 2|
|Windows, Windows Server|
|Microsoft SQL Server|
|All other servers|
|Toolkits, Software Development Kits, Driver Development Kits|
|Additional benefits 4|
|Pluralsight training 7||20 courses for 12 months||10 courses for 3 months||10 courses for 3 months||20 courses for 12 months||30 courses for 12 months|
|Technical support incidents 6||2||2||2||2||4||4|
|Office 365 Developer Subscription|
|Windows and Windows Phone developer account|
|Priority support in MSDN Forums|
|Priority support in TechNet Forums|
|Microsoft E-Learning course collections||1||2||1||1||2||2|
|MSDN Flash newsletter|
|MSDN Online Chat|
|Special Offers from Visual Studio partners 5|
- What are the licensing restrictions that come with my MSDN subscription? See our Software Use Rights.
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- Team Foundation Server capabilities vary by subscription level. Learn more
- Visual Studio Online capabilities vary by subscription level. Learn more Visual Studio Online is not included in DreamSpark or WebsiteSpark subscriptions.
- Includes some cloud use rights - consult the Visual Studio and MSDN licensing white paper for additional details.
- Benefits not available in all languages; availability may vary by geography. Office 365 Developer Account, Windows Store and Windows Phone not included for MPN, DreamSpark, WebsiteSpark, and Not for Resale (NFR) subscriptions. MSDN subscriptions provided by the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) do not include technical support incidents, priority support in MSDN Forums, or MSDN Online Chat as similar services are provided through MPN. Not for Resale (NFR) subscriptions do not include technical support incidents, the printed MSDN Magazine, or production use of Microsoft Office products. BizSpark subscribers get 4 technical support incidents per company, provisioned to the administrator.
- Offers vary by subscription level. For more information, see Special Offers for MSDN Subscribers
- Per subscription term
- Available through November 11, 2015 or while supplies last. MPN, BizSpark, and DreamSpark subscribers do not receive Pluralsight benefits with their MSDN subscription.