The LinkedIn Learning benefit in Visual Studio subscriptions

Unlock the power of LinkedIn with access to the people, insights, and skills you need to advance your career. Learn the most in-demand business, tech and creative skills from industry experts.

Selected Visual Studio subscriptions include a subscription to LinkedIn Premium, which includes LinkedIn Learning. The length of your Premium subscription depends on the type of Visual Studio subscription you have.

You will need to have a LinkedIn account to take advantage of your LinkedIn Learning benefit. If you don't have one already, you'll have a chance to create one before you activate your Premium subscription.

Activation steps

To activate your LinkedIn Premium subscription and LinkedIn Learning benefit:

  1. Sign in to

  2. Locate the LinkedIn Learning tile in the Education category, and click the Get code link.

    LinkedIn Learning Benefit Tile

  3. If you already have a LinkedIn account and you’re signed in automatically, you’ll immediately be taken to the LinkedIn Learning benefit activation page. If you have a LinkedIn account but you’re not automatically signed in, simply enter your username and password, and then click Sign in. Please skip to this step to activate your offer.

Create a LinkedIn account

  1. If you don’t already have a LinkedIn account, click Join now.

  2. Enter your personal information, choose a username and password, and click Join now.

  3. Specify your country/region and ZIP code, then click Next.

  4. Next, you’ll provide some information about yourself for your profile. Indicate whether you’re a student, and provide your most recent job title, company, and industry.

  5. In this step, you’ll have the chance to identify areas of interest to you. To expedite the account creation process, click Not sure yet. I’m open! (You can identify areas of interest later.)

  6. When you provided your email address, you were sent a message containing a confirmation code. The message is from “Linkedin Messages”. If you don’t find it in your inbox, please check your junk mail folders. Enter the code from the message and click Verify.

  7. If you would like to import your contacts from the email account you entered earlier, you can do that now. Otherwise, click Skip. (If you choose to skip this step, you’ll be asked to confirm your choice. Click Yes.)

  8. Job alerts allow you to be notified of jobs in your area that may be a good fit for you. You can choose to set a job alert now, or skip this step to continue creating your account.

  9. Based on the preferences and personal information you’ve provided thus far, you’ll see a selection of recommended connections to start building your network. You can choose to add connections, or skip this step.

  10. To add a photo to your profile, click Upload photo. Otherwise, you can skip this step. (You can always add a photo later.)

  11. You can download the LinkedIn App to your phone to have access to your network anywhere. You can send a link to your phone, or download directly from the App Store or Google Play. You can also click Next to skip this step now, and download the app later.

Activate your offer

  1. Now that you’ve either signed in to your LinkedIn account or created a new one, you’re ready to activate your Premium subscription and begin enjoying LinkedIn Learning. Click Activate your offer.

LinkedIn Learning Activate

  1. You can begin exploring skills that interest you. Choose from the list of recommendations, search for other skills, or click Skip to continue without choosing skills.

LinkedIn Learning Skills

  1. You’ve successfully activated your Premium subscription offer and can now begin using LinkedIn Learning and all the other benefits of Premium!

LinkedIn Learning Home


This offer is not included in Visual Studio Dev Essentials memberships.


Subscription Level Channels Benefit Renewable?
Visual Studio Enterprise (Standard) VL, Azure, Retail1 6 months No. Available to new subscribers only
Visual Studio Enterprise subscription with GitHub Enterprise VL 6 months No. Available to new subscribers only
Visual Studio Professional (Standard) VL, Azure, Retail 3 months No. Available to new subscribers only
Visual Studio Professional subscription with GitHub Enterprise VL 3 months No. Available to new subscribers only
Visual Studio Test Professional (Standard) VL, Retail Not available NA
MSDN Platforms (Standard) VL, Retail Not available NA
Visual Studio Enterprise, Visual Studio Professional (monthly cloud) Azure Not available NA

1 Excludes: Visual Studio Dev Essentials, NFR, NFR Basic, Visual Studio Industry Partner, Microsoft Partner Network (MPN), FTE, MCT Software & Services Developer, BizSpark, Imagine, Most Valuable Professional (MVP), Regional Director (RD). MCT Software & Services.


Microsoft no longer offers Visual Studio Professional Annual subscriptions 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. New customers are encouraged to go to to explore different options to purchase Visual Studio.

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Frequently asked questions

Q: If I renew my subscription, does my LinkedIn Learning benefit also renew?

A: No, the LinkedIn Learning offer is available to new subscribers only.

Support resources

  • Need help with LinkedIn Learning? Check out these resources:
  • For assistance with sales, subscriptions, accounts and billing for Visual Studio Subscriptions, contact Visual Studio subscriptions support.
  • Have a question about Visual Studio IDE, Azure DevOps Services or other Visual Studio products or services? Visit Visual Studio Support.

See also

Next steps

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