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What is the Visual Studio Marketplace and how can I use it?

Visual Studio Marketplace

Last Update: 10/20/2016
The Visual Studio Marketplace is a new destination and the exclusive place for purchasing subscriptions, and for discovering extensions for Visual Studio Team Services and Visual Studio Code.

What you will find


Visual Studio Professional and Visual Studio Enterprise subscriptions

These subscriptions are available as monthly or annual options. When you purchase annually, you also receive subscriber benefits including Microsoft software for dev/test, a monthly Azure credit, technical support, and more.

HockeyApp plans

Bring DevOps to mobile app development by adding HockeyApp to your Agile, continuous integration, and continuous delivery workflows. Distribute your apps for testing, collect user metrics and feedback, and respond to crashes more easily after building and uploading your apps to HockeyApp. HockeyApp Business plans are available as monthly options, or start for free with 1 account owner and 2 apps when you get the Free plan from the Visual Studio Marketplace.


An extension is an installable unit that contributes new capabilities into Visual Studio, Visual Studio Team Services, Team Foundation Server, or Visual Studio Code. You can find extensions from within the product or on the web. You can install them with a few clicks.

Team Services

Team Foundation Server

Visual Studio Code

Visual Studio

Q & A

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. For example, if you purchased a Visual Studio Professional subscription using an Azure subscription that becomes disabled, then the Visual Studio Professional IDE will stop working on the 1st of the following month. This also applies to annual Visual Studio subscriptions that are paid in full for the year.

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

A: Yes, please order directly from the Visual Studio Marketplace, where you can bill your purchases to an 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 purchase from the Visual Studio Marketplace?

A: You can use these prepaid funds to pay for extensions published by Microsoft for Team Services and Team Foundation Server, HockeyApp plans, and team services for Visual Studio Team Services. However, you can't use these funds to pay for Visual Studio cloud subscriptions or extensions published by 3rd parties.

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

A: No, you can't use the Azure Free Trial to pay for Visual Studio Marketplace purchases, including Visual Studio Team Services, HockeyApp plans, 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 purchase 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 though, you must remove your spending limit from these subscriptions. 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.

Q: How do you bill me for Visual Studio Marketplace purchases?

A: For extensions, see Get extensions for Team Services. For subscriptions, the billing frequency depends on the subscription that you purchased:
  • Monthly subscriptions are prorated during the 1st month. After that, they're billed on the 1st day of the calendar month.
  • Annual subscriptions are always purchased in whole increments and are never prorated. Charges for subsequent years will be billed on the 1st day of the calendar month after the anniversary date of your subscription purchase.

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