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, Visual Studio Team Services, 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 soon through 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)

Earlier versions for PC

(2015, 2013, etc.)

Visual Studio Team Services

(access to features on any Team Services account)

Basic features

Test Manager

Package Management

Team Foundation Server 2017

Server license

User client access license (CAL)

Test Manager

Package Management

Subscriber Benefits

Cloud Services

Experiment and learn using Microsoft Azure

$150 credit per month

$50 credit per month

Subscriber benefits not included in monthly subscriptions

Azure Dev/Test pricing

Office 365 Developer subscription

(up to 25 users)

Power BI Pro

Windows Store developer account

(for publishing apps)

Enterprise Mobility Suite

Software for dev/test

(complete list of downloads included)

Microsoft Office Professional Plus, Project, Visio

Windows, Windows Server, Windows Embedded, Microsoft SQL Server

Sharepoint, Exchange, Dynamics & other Microsoft server software

Software for production use

Office Professional Plus 2016

(licensed for normal use on one device)

Training & Education

Pluralsight training

Full subscription for 12 months

40 courses for 12 months

Xamarin University

Opsgility – Microsoft Cloud-focused training

Full subscription for 12 months

Full subscription for 6 months

Microsoft e-learning collections

2 per year

1 per year

MSDN Magazine

(print or early digital access)

Support

Technical support

4 incidents

2 incidents

Priority support in MSDN Forums

Online Chat

Visual Studio partner offers

MODERNRequirements SmartOffice4TFS and inteGREAT4TFS

Full subscription for 6 months

Parasoft – Virtualize/SOAtest Professional Desktop

Full subscription for 6 months

Redgate Data Tools

WhiteSource – TFS/VSTS Bolt extension

Full subscription for 6 months

Other partner offers

All prices are in US dollars.

Additional information

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

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)

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.)

Visual Studio Team Services

(access to features on any Team Services account)

Basic features

Test Manager

Package Management

Team Foundation Server 2017

Server license

User client access license (CAL)

Test Manager

Package Management

Subscriber benefits

Cloud Services

Experiment and learn
using Microsoft Azure

$150 credit per month

$50 credit per month

$100 credit per month

$50 credit per month

Azure Dev/Test pricing

Office 365 Developer subscription

(up to 25 users)

Power BI Pro

Windows Store developer account

(for publishing apps)

Enterprise Mobility Suite

Software for dev/test

(complete list of downloads included)

Microsoft Office Professional Plus, Project, Visio

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

Sharepoint, Exchange, Dynamics & other Microsoft server software

Software for production use

Office Professional Plus 2016

(for use on one device)

Training & Education

Pluralsight training

Full subscription for 12 months

40 courses for 12 months

40 courses for 12 months

40 courses for 12 months

Xamarin University

Opsgility – Microsoft Cloud-focused training

Full subscription for 12 months

Full subscription for 6 months

Microsoft e-learning collections

2 per year

1 per year

1 per year

1 per year

MSDN Magazine

(print or early digital access)

Support

 

Technical support

4 incidents

2 incidents

2 incidents

2 incidents

Priority support in MSDN Forums

Priority support in select TechNet Forums

Online Chat

Visual Studio partner offers

MODERNRequirements SmartOffice4TFS and inteGREAT4TFS

Full subscription for 6 months

Parasoft – Virtualize/SOAtest Professional Desktop

Full subscription for 6 months

Redgate Data Tools

WhiteSource – TFS/VSTS Bolt extension

Full subscription for 6 months

Other partner offers

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

Coming soon

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 Visual Studio Team Services, 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)

PC only

PC & Mac

Earlier versions for PC

(2015, 2013, etc.)

Visual Studio Team Services

(access to features on any Team Services account)

Basic features

Not included (but every Team Services account includes 5 free users)

Team Foundation Server 2017

Server license

User client access license (CAL)

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

Professional

Professional developer tools and services for individual developers or small teams. Drive quality and collaboration throughout the development process.
Learn more about Visual Studio Professional

Standalone License

Standard Subscription

Cloud Subscriptions

Visual Studio Professional 2017 Visual Studio Professional Subscription (MSDN) Annual Monthly
Purchasing Channels Microsoft Volume Licensing Programs (resellers) and Microsoft Store Microsoft Volume Licensing Programs (resellers) and Microsoft Store Visual Studio Marketplace (requires an Azure subscription for billing)
Subscription Term N/A 12 months (Microsoft Store) 24 months (Open License program) 36 months (other Volume Licensing programs) 12 months 1 month
Licensing Terms Perpetual 1 Perpetual 1 Non-perpetual
Team Collaboration None, though creating a Visual Studio Team Services account is free for 5 users Access to any Visual Studio Team Services account, plus a TFS user CAL Access to any Visual Studio Team Services account, plus a TFS user CAL
Subscriber Benefits None Full Benefits Full Benefits None
Pricing Microsoft Store:

$499

Buy now

If you purchase through a local reseller in the Microsoft Open License program, please request the following part numbers:*

Buy License: CSE-01235

Microsoft Store:

$1,199

Buy now

$799

Renew

If you purchase through a local reseller in the Microsoft Open License program, please request the following part numbers:*

Buy new: 77D-00092

Renew: 77D-00095

$539/yr

Buy now

$45/mo

Buy now
*Buy from a local reseller: Visual Studio subscriptions sold in Open License last 2 years. (Minimum purchase: 1 subscription or 5 Visual Studio Professional 2017 licenses.)
1Perpetual license terms: while all non-software benefits expire, you can continue using the software after subscription expiration (except for purchases in Enterprise Subscription Agreement, Open Value Subscription, and Campus Agreement programs)
Need more information on Visual Studio licensing? Consult our licensing white paper

Enterprise

An integrated, end-to-end solution for teams of any size with demanding quality and scale needs.
Learn more about Visual Studio Enterprise
Special DevOps Offer

Standard Subscription

Cloud Subscriptions

Visual Studio Enterprise Subscription (MSDN) Annual Monthly
Purchasing Channels Microsoft Volume Licensing Programs (resellers) and Microsoft Store Visual Studio Marketplace (requires an Azure subscription for billing)
Subscription Term 12 months (Microsoft Store) 24 months (Open License program) 36 months (other Volume Licensing programs) 12 months 1 month
Licensing Terms Perpetual 1 Non-perpetual
Team Collaboration Access to any Visual Studio Team Services account, plus a TFS user CAL Access to any Visual Studio Team Services account with the Test Manager extension, plus a TFS user CAL
Subscriber Benefits Full Benefits Full Benefits None
Pricing Microsoft Store:

$5,999

Buy now

$2,569

Renew

If you purchase through a local reseller in the Microsoft Open License program, please request the following part numbers:*

Buy new: MX3-00098

Renew: MX3-00100

$2,999/yr

Buy now

$250/mo

Buy now
*Buy from a local reseller: Visual Studio subscriptions sold in Open License last 2 years. (Minimum purchase: 1 subscription or 5 Visual Studio Professional 2017 licenses.)
1Perpetual license terms: while all non-software benefits expire, you can continue using the software after subscription expiration (except for purchases in Enterprise Subscription Agreement, Open Value Subscription, and Campus Agreement programs)
Need more information on Visual Studio licensing? Consult our licensing white paper

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Visual Studio Test Professional Subscription (MSDN)

Drive quality and collaboration throughout the development process.
Buy now
or
Renew
If you purchase through a local reseller in the Microsoft Open License program, please request the following part numbers:* Buy new: L5D-00143 Renew: L5D-00146

Team Foundation Server

An enterprise-grade server for teams to share code, track work, and ship software — for any language, all in a single package. It’s the perfect complement to your IDE.
With Team Foundation Server, you license the server and the users connecting to the server. Users who only need access to work items are free, and other users need a user CAL (client access license) for access to most features in Team Foundation Server.
Each Visual Studio subscription includes a server license and one user CAL for Team Foundation Server, making this one of the best ways to acquire Team Foundation Server. You can also acquire TFS CALs by purchasing users in your Visual Studio Team Services account.
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Users
Users

MSDN Platforms

Software, services, support, and training – MSDN Platforms gives IT Operations staff and Java developers access to a wide range of resources that help your organization succeed without the incremental cost Visual Studio.
If you purchase through a local reseller in the Microsoft Open License program, please request the following part numbers:* Buy new: 3VU-00077 Renew: 3VU-00079

Free, fully-featured IDE for students, open-source and individual developers

Free download

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Free trial

End-to-end solution to meet demanding quality and scale needs of teams of all sizes

Free trial