How to buy Visual Studio Cloud Subscriptions
We're going to look at how to purchase Visual Studio cloud subscriptions from the Microsoft Visual Studio Marketplace, but first, let's look at the differences between the Professional and Enterprise editions of Visual Studio, and the differences between standard subscriptions and cloud subscriptions.
Subscriptions for the Professional or Enterprise editions provide an integrated development environment, or IDE, to install on as many machines as you'd like so you can write, build, and debug your code, and both offer DevOps capabilities with Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) and Team Foundation Server 2017. Visual Studio Professional is great for building apps for Windows, Windows Server, Android, iOS, and Linux. Visual Studio Enterprise goes further and provides complex, enterprise grade applications; test and package management; load testing; and advanced debugging tools.
Visual Studio standard subscriptions offer a perpetual license, which means you can keep running the software after your subscription expires. These are purchased through a Microsoft volume licensing reseller or directly from Microsoft online through the Microsoft Store. Most volume licensing channels require a 3-year commitment. With standard subscriptions, signing in to Visual Studio is optional; you can also unlock the product using a product key that we supply. Standard subscriptions work well if you remain disconnected from the Internet for more than 30 days at a time.
With cloud subscriptions, the license is non-perpetual so you'll need to sign in at least once every 30 days, and there's no commitment term. You purchase cloud subscriptions in the Visual Studio Marketplace, and can consolidate your Visual Studio and Azure purchases onto one bill. If you don't have an Azure subscription, you'll create one as you make your first purchase.
For cloud subscriptions, you'll choose between monthly and annual options. If you choose annual, you also get subscriber benefits, like Microsoft software to install in your development and test environments, a monthly Azure credit, training, support, and more. These subscriber benefits that are included with annual cloud subscriptions match what we provide for standard subscriptions. Visit visualstudio.com/vs/pricing for a full breakdown of the benefits with each subscription option.
To buy a cloud subscription for Visual Studio, go to marketplace.visualstudio.com, and select Subscriptions. Then, select whether you want a monthly or annual subscription to Visual Studio. On the following page, click Get. Select the Azure subscription you want to use for billing. If you haven't created one, create one now. You need to be an administrative user on your Azure subscription to make purchases. Select the number of individuals that need Visual Studio, and Confirm your purchase. Once you confirm your purchase, click Manage to assign the subscriptions to your end users. Later, if you need to reassign these subscriptions to other users, such as when you have staff changes, go to manage.visualstudio.com.