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.
Visual Studio Dev Essentials 

Everything you need all in one place


Developer tools

Editors, designers, and debuggers to develop for any platform


Cloud services

Compute, storage, analytics, team collaboration and more



Trials and downloads, from operating systems to Office online apps


Training and support

World-class technical training and priority support

All the tools you need

All the tools you need

Tools to develop for any platform – for free. Tools include an extensible integrated development environment and code editors for Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows.

  • Visual Studio Community
  • Visual Studio Code
  • Team Foundation Server Express

Comprehensive set of cloud services

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 credit ($25/month for 12 months)*
  • Visual Studio Team Services account with five users*
  • App Service free tier
  • HockeyApp free tier
  • Application Insights free tier
Comprehensive set of cloud services
Software trials and downloads

Software trials and downloads

Free access to software trials and downloads make it easy for you to develop for multiple platforms.

  • SQL Server 2014 Developer Edition
  • Parallels Desktop® for Mac Pro Edition (3-month subscription)*
  • Parallels® Access (3-month subscription)*
  • Windows Platform VM (60 days)
  • Office Online Apps

World-class training and support

Free access to technical training from industry leaders such as Pluralsight, Wintellect, and Xamarin and priority support on MSDN forums.

  • Pluralsight (3-month subscription)
  • Selected Xamarin University courses on-demand*
  • WintellectNOW (3-month subscription)*
  • Microsoft Virtual Academy
  • HackHands Live Programming Help ($25 credit)*
  • Priority Forum Support*
World-class training and support

* Exclusive benefits only available through the Visual Studio Dev Essentials program.

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