Visual Studio Dev Essentials
Free tools, cloud services, and training
Get everything you need to build and deploy your app on any platform. With state-of-the-art tools, the power of the cloud, training, and support, it’s our most comprehensive free developer program ever.
Everything you need all in one place
All the tools you need
Tools to develop for any platform – for free. Tools include an extensible integrated development environment and code editors to create apps for macOS, Linux, and Windows, on PC or Mac.
- Visual Studio Community
- Visual Studio Community for Mac
- Visual Studio Code
Comprehensive set of cloud services
Free access to cloud services such as compute and storage, backend services for your mobile or web apps, services for IoT, machine learning, and analytics.
- Azure free account (includes 1 yr of free services, $200 for 1st month)
- Azure DevOps account with five users
- Visual Studio App Center
- App Service free tier
- Application Insights free tier
Software trials and downloads
Free access to software trials and downloads make it easy for you to develop for multiple platforms.
- SQL Server Developer Edition
- Windows R Server*
- Parallels Desktop® for Mac Pro Edition (3-month subscription)*
- Parallels® Access (3-month subscription)*
- Windows Platform VM (60 days)
World-class training and support
Free access to priority support, technical and professional training from industry leaders.
- LinkedIn Premium (business, tech and creative)*
- Pluralsight (cloud, design, security, mobile and data)
- Data Camp (data-science and AI)*
- Opsgility (cloud-focused)*
- Mobile training on Xamarin University
- WintellectNOW (app development)*
- Microsoft Virtual Academy
- Azure Community
* Exclusive benefits only available through the Visual Studio Dev Essentials program.