Visual Studio Pricing

MSDN subscriptions are now called Visual Studio subscriptions, but even with a new name you still get the same great value to support your development on any platform—current and past versions of Visual Studio and other Microsoft software for dev/test, use of Visual Studio Team Services, developer training, support, and much more!

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Cloud subscriptions

With our new cloud subscriptions, you can rent Visual Studio, VSTS, and the subscriber benefits you need without a long-term contract. Billing is handled through your Microsoft Azure subscription, supporting credit card payment, purchases through the Enterprise Agreement contract*, and Cloud Solution Provider partners. If you don’t have an Azure subscription yet, no worries—it’s free to set up and you can do this while you make your first purchase.

 

Annual Subscriptions

Monthly Subscriptions

Visual Studio
Enterprise

Visual Studio
Professional

Visual Studio
Enterprise

Visual Studio
Professional

Price per user

$2,999/yr

Buy now

$539/yr

Buy now

$250/mo

Buy now

$45/mo

Buy now

Visual Studio IDE

Newest version for PC & Mac

(2017)

feature available

feature available

feature available

feature available

Earlier versions for PC

(2015, 2013, etc.)

feature available

feature available

feature available

feature available

VSTS

(access to features on any VSTS account)

Basic features

feature available

feature available

feature available

feature available

Test Manager

feature available

feature available

Package Management

feature available

feature available

Private Pipeline

feature available

feature available

Team Foundation Server 2018

Server license

feature available

feature available

feature available

feature available

User client access license (CAL)

feature available

feature available

feature available

feature available

Test Manager

feature available

feature available

Package Management

feature available

feature available

Private Pipeline

feature available

feature available

Subscriber Benefits

Cloud Services

Experiment and learn using Microsoft Azure

feature available as a $150 credit per month

$150 credit per month

feature available as a $50 credit per month

$50 credit per month

Subscriber benefits not included in monthly subscriptions

Azure Dev/Test pricing

feature available

feature available

Visual Studio App Center

feature available

feature available

Office 365 Developer subscription

(up to 25 users)

feature available

Power BI Pro

feature available

Windows Store developer account

(for publishing apps)

feature available

Enterprise Mobility Suite

feature available

Software for dev/test

(complete list of downloads included)

Microsoft Office Professional Plus, Project, Visio

feature available

Windows, Windows Server, Windows Embedded, Microsoft SQL Server

feature available

feature available

Sharepoint, Exchange, Dynamics & other Microsoft server software

feature available

Software for production use

Office Professional Plus 2016

(licensed for normal use on one device)

feature available

Training & Education

LinkedIn Premium

feature available as a Full subscription for 6 months

Full subscription for 6 months

feature available with 40 courses for 3 months

Full subscription for 3 months

Pluralsight training

feature available as a Full subscription for 12 months

Full subscription for 6 months

feature available with 40 courses for 12 months

Full subscription for 3 months

DataCamp

feature available as a Full subscription for 12 months

Full subscription for 3 months

feature available with 40 courses for 12 months

Full subscription for 3 months

Mobile training with Xamarin University

feature available for select videos only

for select videos only

feature available for select videos only

for select videos only

Opsgility – Microsoft Cloud-focused training

feature available as a Full subscription for 12 months

Full subscription for 12 months

feature available as a Full subscription for 6 months

Full subscription for 6 months

Microsoft e-learning collections

feature available with access to 2 per year

2 per year

feature available with access to 1 per year

1 per year

MSDN Magazine

(print or early digital access)

feature available

feature available

Support

Technical support

feature available with 4 incidents

4 incidents

feature available with 2 incidents

2 incidents

Azure Advisory Chat

feature available

feature available

Azure Community

feature available

feature available

Priority support in MSDN Forums

feature available

feature available

Online Chat

feature available

feature available

Visual Studio partner offers

MODERNRequirements SmartOffice4TFS and inteGREAT4TFS

feature available with Full subscription for 6 months

Full subscription for 6 months

Parasoft – Virtualize/SOAtest Professional Desktop

feature available with Full subscription for 6 months

Full subscription for 6 months

Redgate Data Tools

feature available

WhiteSource – TFS/VSTS Bolt extension

feature available with Full subscription for 6 months

Full subscription for 6 months

All prices are in US dollars.

* Using your Enterprise Agreement will require the removal of spending limits, as monetary commitments cannot be used to purchase Visual Studio Cloud subscriptions.

Additional information

Compare Visual Studio IDE features
Visual Studio licensing white paper

Standard subscriptions

While we’ve recently dropped the “with MSDN” from the names of our main Visual Studio subscriptions, these are the same subscriptions that we’ve offered for years through software resellers on multi-year Microsoft Volume Licensing contracts, and directly through the Microsoft Store online. In most cases for standard subscriptions you will be buying Visual Studio, not renting.

 

 

Standard subscriptions
for developers

Standard subscriptions
for testers and IT Professionals

Visual Studio
Enterprise

Visual Studio
Professional

MSDN
Platforms

Visual Studio
Test Professional

Microsoft Store (retail)

New, per user

$5,999/

first year

Buy now

$1,199/

first year

Buy now

N/A

$2,169/

first year

Buy now

Renewal, per user

$2,569/yr

Buy now

$799/yr

Buy now

N/A

$899/yr

Buy now

Open License (through resellers)

New, per user – estimated price

$8,931/
2 years

$1,139/
2 years

$2,416/
2 years

$2,571/
2 years

Renewal, per user – estimated price

$3,279/
2 years

$940/
2 years

$2,416/
2 years

$944/
2 years

Visual Studio IDE

Newest version for PC & Mac

(2017)

feature available

feature available

No Visual Studio IDE included in subscription, but subscribers can use Visual Studio Code (free for anyone) and Visual Studio Community (free for open source projects, classroom learning, and academic research, plus for any use by up to 5 people in small organizations)

Earlier versions for PC

(2015, 2013, etc.)

feature available

feature available

VSTS

(access to features on any VSTS account)

Basic features

feature available

feature available

feature available

feature available

Test Manager

feature available

feature available

feature available

Package Management

feature available

Private Pipeline

feature available

Team Foundation Server 2018

Server license

feature available

feature available

feature available

feature available

User client access license (CAL)

feature available

feature available

feature available

feature available

Test Manager

feature available

feature available

feature available

Package Management

feature available

Private Pipeline

feature available

Subscriber benefits

Cloud Services

Experiment and learn
using Microsoft Azure

feature available as a $150 credit per month

$150 credit per month

feature available as a $50 credit per month

$50 credit per month

feature available as a $100 credit per month

$100 credit per month

feature available as a $50 credit per month

$50 credit per month

Azure Dev/Test pricing

feature available

feature available

feature available

feature available

Office 365 Developer subscription

(up to 25 users)

feature available

Power BI Pro

feature available

Windows Store developer account

(for publishing apps)

feature available

feature available

feature available

Enterprise Mobility Suite

feature available

Software for dev/test

(complete list of downloads included)

Microsoft Office Professional Plus, Project, Visio

feature available

Windows, Windows Server, Windows Embedded, Microsoft SQL Server, R Server

feature available

feature available

feature available

feature available

Sharepoint, Exchange, Dynamics & other Microsoft server software

feature available

feature available

Software for production use

Office Professional Plus 2016

(for use on one device)

feature available

Training & Education

Pluralsight training

feature available as a Full subscription for 12 months

Full subscription for 6 months

feature available with 40 courses for 12 months

Full subscription for 3 months

feature available with 40 courses for 12 months

Full subscription for 3 months

feature available with 40 courses for 12 months

Full subscription for 3 months

Mobile training with Xamarin University

feature available for select videos only

for select videos only

feature available for select videos only

for select videos only

Opsgility – Microsoft Cloud-focused training

feature available as a Full subscription for 12 months

Full subscription for 12 months

feature available as a Full subscription for 6 months

Full subscription for 6 months

Microsoft e-learning collections

feature available with 2 per year

2 per year

feature available with 1 per year

1 per year

feature available with 1 per year

1 per year

feature available with 1 per year

1 per year

MSDN Magazine

(print or early digital access)

feature available

feature available

feature available

feature available

Support

 

Technical support

feature available with 4 incidents

4 incidents

feature available with 2 incidents

2 incidents

feature available with 2 incidents

2 incidents

feature available with 2 incidents

2 incidents

Priority support in MSDN Forums

feature available

feature available

feature available

feature available

Priority support in select TechNet Forums

feature available

Online Chat

feature available

feature available

feature available

feature available

Visual Studio partner offers

MODERNRequirements SmartOffice4TFS and inteGREAT4TFS

feature available as a Full subscription for 6 months

Full subscription for 6 months

Parasoft – Virtualize/SOAtest Professional Desktop

feature availableas a Full subscription for 6 months

Full subscription for 6 months

Redgate Data Tools

feature available

WhiteSource – TFS/VSTS Bolt extension

feature available as a Full subscription for 6 months

Full subscription for 6 months

Other partner offers

feature available

feature available

feature available

feature available

All prices are in US dollars.

Additional information

Compare Visual Studio IDE features
Visual Studio licensing white paper
Visual Studio cloud subscription purchasing FAQ

Cloud vs. Standard subscriptions

Standard and cloud subscriptions differ in only a few ways:

Standard

Cloud

Purchasing

New vs. renewing subscription price

First subscription term (New) costs significantly more than later (Renewal) terms

Same price each term

Committed subscription term

Typically 36 months for most
24 months for Open License program purchases
12 months for Microsoft Store purchases

Monthly or annual

Purchased using your Azure account, with or without other Azure services

No

Yes

Purchased via Resellers or via Microsoft Store

Yes

No

Purchased via Cloud Solution Providers (CSP)

No

Yes

Benefits

Includes subscriber benefits

Yes

Yes for annual
No for monthly

After the subscription expires, can use the software that was available during the active subscription term (“perpetual” use rights)

Yes in most cases
No when purchasing through Enterprise Subscription Agreement, Open Value Subscription, Campus Agreement, or other “subscription” contracts

No

Experience

Modes of unlocking Visual Studio from trial (Visual Studio Professional and Enterprise are always installed as a trial to start)

Sign in or enter a product key to unlock

Sign in only

Must connect to the Internet to check license status at least once every 30 days

No, when a product key is used to unlock
Yes, when signed in to unlock

Yes

All prices are in US dollars.

Additional information

Compare Visual Studio IDE features
Visual Studio licensing white paper
Visual Studio cloud subscription purchasing FAQ

Standalone License

If all you need is the current version of Visual Studio Professional, you can make a one-time standalone license purchase. If you need new versions of Visual Studio Professional, access to VSTS, or have short-term needs then the Visual Studio Professional monthly subscription may be a better option.

Visual Studio Professional 2017

standalone license

Visual Studio Professional

monthly subscription

Price per user

$499

Buy now

$45/mo

Buy now

Visual Studio IDE

Newest version

(2017)

feature available for PC only

PC only

feature available for PC and Mac

PC & Mac

Earlier versions for PC

(2015, 2013, etc.)

feature available

VSTS

(access to features on any VSTS account)

Basic features

Not included (but every VSTS account includes 5 free users)

feature available

Team Foundation Server 2018

Server license

feature available

User client access license (CAL)

feature available

Subscriber Benefits

Not included

Not included

All prices are in US dollars.

Additional information

Compare Visual Studio IDE features
Visual Studio licensing white paper
Visual Studio cloud subscription purchasing FAQ

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