Visual Studio Online Basic

Visual Studio Online Basic is the quickest way for new users and small teams to start developing apps in the cloud. Visual Studio Online Basic includes a Visual Studio Online account and your choice of Visual Studio Express for Web, Windows, or Windows Desktop. Your Visual Studio Online account gives a place to store your code, backlog, and other project data with no servers to deploy, configure, or manage. Start developing for the latest Microsoft platforms in a rich desktop environment with a free Visual Studio Express IDE. Using another development tool? Visual Studio Online connects to Eclipse, Xcode, and other Git clients to support development for a variety of platforms and languages.

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Free development tool included

The fastest way to start developing applications for Windows, Windows Phone, the web or the cloud. Visual Studio Express products provide a free development environment to develop applications for the latest platforms. Since it is Visual Studio, applications created in Express are also supported in other Visual Studio editions as your needs grow.

Hosted code repositories for projects of all sizes

Need a convenient place for all of your work, school, and personal software projects? Unlimited private repos give you the flexibility to organize your account the way you want. Choose Git for distributed version control, or Team Foundation Version Control for fine-grained, centralized versioning. Source control integrates with most popular IDEs and any Git client to meet the needs of any development team. As your account grows, use project-level permissions to ensure new teammates see only what they need to see.

Iterate quickly with project planning and tracking tools

Keep track of everything—new ideas, upcoming features, and emerging issues—with project planning tools that keep you focused on writing great code. Tag items, sort them into areas, and plan your backlog by simply dropping items into your next sprint or release. Drag-and-drop work items to your teammates to keep them coding. Integration between code repos and development tools saves you time when checking in code.

Continuous integration builds – no servers required

Catch bugs and other quality issues earlier in development. Set up continuous integration using cloud build services to validate code on clean configurations and integrate tests for extra assurance. Stay up-to-date on the latest build health from your project home page or within Visual Studio. If you’re building a web site or service on Microsoft Azure, you can connect your account for continuous delivery and a more streamlined deployment.

System Requirements

Supported operating systems

For Visual Studio Express 2013:

  • Windows 7 SP1 (x86 and x64)
  • Windows 8 (x86 and x64)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (x64)
  • Windows Server 2012 (x64)

Additional Requirements:

  • On Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2, KB2883200 (available through Windows Update) is required
  • Internet Explorer 10
  • Some features require Internet access

Hardware requirements

  • 1.6 GHz or faster processor
  • 1 GB of RAM (1.5 GB if running on a virtual machine)
  • 5 GB of available hard disk space
  • 5400 RPM hard drive
  • DirectX 9-capable video card running at 1024 x 768 or higher display resolution

How to subscribe

Use your existing Microsoft Azure subscription to subscribe to Visual Studio Online Basic. If you don’t already have a Microsoft Azure subscription, get started for free. No credit card required.


5 users FREE

Need more than 5 users? You can buy as many more as you need.


$20 per additional user, per month

Pricing shown in US dollars.

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