Visual Studio subscriptions, which used to be MSDN subscriptions, provides access to developer tools, cloud services, software, support and training. It’s a complete package to build your next great app for any platform with the power of Visual Studio IDE and the rich resources in your subscription.
With our new cloud subscriptions, you can rent Visual Studio, Azure DevOps, 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.
Microsoft no longer offers Visual Studio Professional Annual Subscription and Visual Studio Enterprise Annual Subscriptions in Cloud Subscriptions. There will be no change to existing customers experience and ability to renew, increase, decrease, or cancel their 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.
for testers and IT Professionals
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)
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 Azure DevOps, or have short-term needs then the Visual Studio Professional monthly subscription may be a better option.