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For small to mid-size organizations with 5 or more users/devices, we recommend these subscriptions. Visit the licensing page for more information.

Monthly

Professional subscription

  • Visual Studio Professional IDE
  • Azure DevOps (Basic plan)
Subscribe for $45

Per month

Enterprise subscription

  • Visual Studio Enterprise IDE
  • Azure DevOps (Basic + Test Plan)
Subscribe for $250

Per month

Standard

Professional subscription

  • Visual Studio Professional IDE
  • Azure Credit $50 per month
  • Training and support
  • Azure DevOps (Basic plan)
  • Dev/test software

Enterprise subscription

  • Visual Studio Enterprise IDE
  • Azure Credit $150 per month
  • Training and support
  • Azure DevOps (Basic + Test Plan)
  • Dev/test software
  • Power BI Pro

For large organizations with 500 or more users/devices, we recommend these subscriptions. Visit the licensing page for more information.

Professional subscription + GitHub Enterprise

  • Visual Studio Professional IDE
  • GitHub Enterprise
  • Azure Credit $50 per month
  • Training and support
  • Azure DevOps (Basic + Test Plan)
  • Dev/test software

Enterprise subscription + GitHub Enterprise

  • Visual Studio Enterprise IDE
  • GitHub Enterprise
  • Azure Credit $150 per month
  • Training and support
  • Azure DevOps (Basic + Test Plan)
  • Dev/test software
  • Power BI Pro
Monthly

Professional subscription

  • Visual Studio Professional IDE
  • Azure DevOps (Basic plan)
Subscribe for $45

Per month

Enterprise subscription

  • Visual Studio Enterprise IDE
  • Azure DevOps (Basic + Test Plan)
Subscribe for $250

Per month

Compare subscriptions

Newest version for PC and for Mac
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard
Earlier version for PC (download the full list)
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard

Perpetual license

(additional terms)

Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard

Live Dependency Validation

Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard

Refactoring

Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard

One-Click Web Deployment

Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard
Code Map
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard
Code Clone
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard
Modeling SDK (DSL)
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard

Live Unit Testing

Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard

IntelliTest

Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard

Microsoft Fakes (Unit Test Isolation)

Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard

Unit Testing

Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard
Code Coverage
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard
Code Review
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard
Task Suspend/Resume
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard
Team Explorer (third-party development tools support)
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard
Visual Studio Live Share
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard
IntelliTrace
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard
Code Map Debugger Integration
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard
.NET Memory Dump Analysis
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard
Code Metrics
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard
Graphics Debugging
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard

Static Code Analysis

Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard

Performance and Diagnostics Hub

Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard
Snapshot Debugger
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard
Time Travel Debugging (Preview)
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard
Embedded Assemblies
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard
Xamarin Inspector
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard
Xamarin Profiler
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard
Pipelines
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard

Azure dev/test individual credits

Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard $50 credit/ month
Enterprise standard $150 Credit/ month
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard

Server licence

Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard

User client access licence (CAL)

Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard
Microsoft Office Professional Plus, Project, Visio
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard
Windows, Windows Server, Windows Embedded, Microsoft SQL Server
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard
Sharepoint, Exchange, Dynamics & other Microsoft server software
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard Free for 3 months
Enterprise standard Free for 6 months
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard Free for 3 months
Enterprise standard Free for 3 months
Pluralsight training
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard Full subscription for 3 months
Enterprise standard Full subscription for 6 months
CODE Magazine (print or digital)
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard 2 incidents
Enterprise standard 4 incidents
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard

Office Professional Plus 2019
(licensed for normal use on one device)

Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard Assess 1 app for three months
Enterprise standard Assess 5 apps for three months
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard 1 license for 30 days
Enterprise standard 2 licenses for 90 days

Parasoft
Virtualize/SOAtest Professional Desktop

Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard Full subscription for 6 months

WhiteSource
Azure DevOps Server/Azure DevOps Bolt extension

Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard
Enterprise standard 6 months unlimited scans

Compare subscriptions

Newest version for PC and for Mac

Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise
Earlier version for PC
(download the full list)
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise

Perpetual license

(additional terms)

Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise

Live Dependency Validation

Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise

Refactoring

Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise

One-Click Web Deployment

Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise
Code Map
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise
Code Clone
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise
Modeling SDK (DSL)
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise

Live Unit Testing

Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise

IntelliTest

Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise

Microsoft Fakes (Unit Test Isolation)

Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise

Unit Testing

Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise
Code Coverage
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise

Code Review

Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise

Task Suspend/Resume

Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise

Team Explorer (third-party development tools support)

Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise

Visual Studio Live Share

Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise
IntelliTrace
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise
Code Map Debugger Integration
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise
.NET Memory Dump Analysis
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise
Code Metrics
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise
Graphics Debugging
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise

Static Code Analysis

Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise

Performance and Diagnostics Hub

Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise
Snapshot Debugger
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise
Time Travel Debugging (Preview)
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise
GitHub Actions
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise
GitHub Packages
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise
Embedded Assemblies
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise
Xamarin Inspector
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise
Xamarin Profiler
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise

Basic features

Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise

Test plans

Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise

Pipelines

Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise

Azure dev/test individual credits

Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise $50 credit/ month
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise $150 Credit/ month
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise

Server licence

Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise

User client access licence (CAL)

Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise

Test plans

Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise

Self-hosted pipelines

Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise
Microsoft Office Professional Plus, Project, Visio
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise
Windows, Windows Server, Windows Embedded, Microsoft SQL Server
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise
Sharepoint, Exchange, Dynamics & other Microsoft server software
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise

Office Professional Plus 2019
(licensed for normal use on one device)

Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise Free for 3 months
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise Free for 6 months
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise Free for 3 months
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise Free for 3 months
Pluralsight training
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise Full subscription for 3 months
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise Full subscription for 6 months
CODE Magazine (print or digital)
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise 2 incidents
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise 4 incidents
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise Assess 1 app for three months
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise Assess 5 apps for three months
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise 1 license for 30 days
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise 2 licenses for 90 days
Parasoft
Virtualize/SOAtest Professional Desktop
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise Full subscription for 6 months
WhiteSource
Azure DevOps Server/Azure DevOps Bolt extension
Professional monthly
Enterprise monthly
Professional standard + GitHub Enterprise
Enterprise standard + GitHub Enterprise 6 months unlimited scans

FAQ

Visual Studio is a fully-featured IDE whereas Visual Studio Code is a code editor. Visual Studio Code is free and based on open source, and runs on Windows, macOS, and Linux. Check out this doc for a more detailed understanding of the differences.
Depending on the size of your business, there are different agreements and licensing types that are available. You can purchase directly from the Visual Studio Marketplace. You can also purchase through Microsoft Volume Licensing for commercial licensing agreements or a Solution Partner.
As an individual, you have a few options depending on your needs. You can purchase a monthly subscription from the Visual Studio Marketplace if you just need access to the IDE and want the flexibility of a monthly subscription. You can also purchase the subscription which includes the IDE as well as many other benefits such as Azure dev/test individual credits, Azure DevOps, training, services, support and more, from the Microsoft Store.
Monthly subscriptions are billed each month and provide billing flexibility. This is a great option for those that just need to use the IDE for a short time, and don’t need the other benefits. The standard subscription includes access to more benefits such as the Azure dev/test individual credits, software and download access, services, training, and support. The standard subscription is a perpetual license meaning you’ve purchased Visual Studio and can continue to use the product after the subscription expires.

There aren’t any discounts available to start-ups, however an unlimited number of users within an organization can use Visual Studio Community for the following scenarios: in a classroom learning environment, for academic research, or for contributing to open source projects. For more information about Visual Studio Community, please see the licensing terms. For more information about options for start-ups visit https://startups.microsoft.com.

For all other usage scenarios:
In non-enterprise organizations, up to five users can use Visual Studio Community. In enterprise organizations (meaning those with >250 PCs or >$1 Million US Dollars in annual revenue), no use is permitted beyond the open source, academic research, and classroom learning environment scenarios described above.

Check out the pricing details page for information on standard subscriptions for MSDN Platforms.
Check out the pricing details page for information on standard subscriptions for Visual Studio Test Professional.
Check out the pricing details page for information on Visual Studio Professional standalone license.
Take a look at the comparison charts to see the options available with each subscription level to determine which subscription meets your needs. If you aren’t sure which benefits you need, you can take a look at our Visual Studio subscriptions benefits page which provides more details about each of the benefits that are included with each subscription level.
Yes, but we recommend using our latest Visual Studio instead. Have you tried the free Visual Studio Community?

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To access your subscription benefits, go to https://my.visualstudio.com and sign in using the email address that you used to sign up for the subscription (or the one that your administrator used to assign one to you). Once you’re signed in, all of your benefits will be in the portal.
Available benefits vary by subscription level and are subject to change. To see which benefits are included for each subscription level, please visit the benefits webpage. You can select the subscription you’re interested in, and then see which benefits are available in the various levels.
Download the Microsoft Excel file for a comprehensive list of the downloads included with different subscription levels.
For a complete document containing the licensing terms for Visual Studio subscriptions, download the white paper.
If you purchase a Visual Studio subscription, both current and old versions of Visual Studio are available. To see the exact versions available for various subscription levels, download the complete list of software. For access to previous versions of Visual Studio Community you can go here.

Yes, the newest version of Visual Studio will be available as long as your subscription is active.

Any individual can sign up for Visual Studio Community to create their own free or paid apps. There are restrictions for organizations that wish to use Visual Studio Community. For more information, visit the Visual Studio Community page.

Azure DevOps Server is included in all paid subscription levels. Azure DevOps Basic Plan is included in all paid subscription levels. Visual Studio Enterprise standard and monthly, Visual Studio Test Professional and MSDN Platforms include Test Plans as well.

Yes. Visual Studio subscriptions are licensed per user, not per machine. So if you have an active subscription, you are allowed to use the software anywhere. For more information about usage rights, download the Visual Studio Licensing whitepaper.

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If you purchased your subscription from the Microsoft Store, you can either purchase a renewal directly from them, or you can simply renew in the subscription portal.

Connect to https://my.visualstudio.com/subscriptions and click on the “Renew” link.
Visit the Microsoft Store and search for “Visual Studio subscription” to see the available renewal opportunities. Here are some quick links:
Visual Studio Enterprise
Visual Studio Professional
Visual Studio Test Professional

Note: You must renew your subscription within 30 days of the expiration date to qualify for renewal pricing.

If your organization purchased your subscription through your organization’s Microsoft Volume Licensing agreement, your organization will need to process a renewal with your reseller.

Both monthly and annual cloud subscriptions renew automatically until you cancel them, so there’s no need to take any action to renew them.

In some cases, upgrading is available. Downgrading is also available. For detailed information about your options, download the Visual Studio subscriptions white paper.

No. Pricing is the same converted in all currencies.

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