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Xamarin University offers live, online, and office hours classes with self-guided learning and guest lectures.

In this article, you learn:

To subscribe to Xamarin University, you need:

  • A Microsoft account like an outlook.com or hotmail.com address, or a work or school account, such as someone@fabrikam.com.

  • A Microsoft Azure subscription to use for billing. There's no cost to create an Azure subscription, which essentially is a billing account that gets charged when you buy something.

    You might already have an Azure subscription if you use Azure, or you pay for Azure DevOps Services or other services through Visual Studio Marketplace. If you don't have an Azure subscription, you can sign up for Azure before or during your first Marketplace purchase. Learn more about how to use Azure subscriptions to bill Marketplace purchases.

Steps to buy Xamarin University from the Marketplace

  1. Sign in to Visual Studio Marketplace > Subscriptions with your Microsoft account, or with your work or school account.

  2. Choose Xamarin University:

    Choose Xamarin University

  3. On the next screen, select Get:

    Buy Xamarin University

  4. Choose the Azure subscription that you want to use for billing. The name of the subscription defaults to its account type. You can change the name in the Azure Account portal. You can also create a new Azure subscription to use instead:

    Choose your Azure subscription or create a new one

  5. Choose the number of users:

    Choose the quantity of Xamarin University licenses

  6. Confirm your purchase:

    Confirm your purchase

    Your purchase is complete. Now you can get started:

    Microsoft confirmation screen

  7. The information on the following screen explains that Xamarin University sends you a redemption code to use on the Xamarin site:

    Redemption code sent via email for the Xamarin site

    The email that you receive looks like the following example:

    Example email with redemption code

FAQ

Q: Where can I manage the Xamarin University subscriptions that I've purchased?

A: If you're the Xamarin University team admin, use the Xamarin University Subscription Administration to assign Xamarin University subscriptions to your users.

Q: Can I buy Xamarin University through the Visual Studio Marketplace now?

A: Yes. Previously, Xamarin University was available for sale through Xamarin.com. We moved purchasing to the Visual Studio Marketplace so customers can buy Xamarin University along with other services on the same Azure bill.

Learn about billing Marketplace purchases with Azure.

Q: I'm an existing Xamarin University customer. How do I switch from paying through xamarin.com to paying through Azure?

A: Here's how:

  1. Wait until your existing Xamarin University subscription expires.

  2. Sign in to Visual Studio Marketplace > Subscriptions.

  3. Buy Xamarin University for the number of users who need it.

    If you need additional Xamarin University subscriptions before your current annual subscription expires, make the new purchases in the Visual Studio Marketplace. All of your Xamarin University subscriptions, wherever you purchased them, are managed in the Xamarin University Subscription Administration portal.

Q: How do I cancel or change the number of Xamarin University subscriptions I'm buying?

A: Follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to Visual Studio Marketplace > Subscriptions with the credentials that you used to purchase Xamarin University.

  2. Select Xamarin University.

  3. Select Buy (the same as to buy a new Xamarin University subscription).

  4. Change the number of subscriptions. To cancel, enter zero. Confirm and finish.

    The increases take effect immediately. Your charges are prorated based on the number of days remaining in the current calendar month. The reduction in the number of Xamarin University subscribers takes effect the first day of the following calendar month. At this time, return to the Xamarin University portal to delete the users who should no longer have Xamarin University subscriptions.

Q: How does Azure billing work?

A: When you buy from the Visual Studio Marketplace, you select an Azure subscription to use for billing. If you don't have an Azure subscription, you can sign up either before or during your first purchase. You can set up payment with a credit card, or by invoice in some cases. Charges for your purchases show up on your monthly Azure bill.

Note

You must keep your Azure subscription in good standing to use your Visual Studio Marketplace purchases. If your Azure subscription is canceled or is disabled (for example, because the credit card used for payment expires), any purchases with the Azure subscription are deactivated on the first day of next month. To continue using your Visual Studio Marketplace purchases, keep your Azure subscription active and updated.

Q: Can I use an Enterprise Agreement to buy from the Visual Studio Marketplace?

A: Yes. Buy directly from the Visual Studio Marketplace, Azure DevOps tab. You can bill purchases to the Azure subscription that was created under your Enterprise Agreement (EA). Don't order Visual Studio Marketplace services through your reseller.

Q: Can I use the Azure Monetary Commitment funds from my Enterprise Agreement to buy from the Visual Studio Marketplace?

A: Yes. You can use these prepaid funds to pay for the following:

You can't use these funds to pay for Visual Studio cloud subscriptions and non-Microsoft extensions for Azure DevOps Services and Team Foundation Server.

Q: Can I use the Azure free account to buy from the Visual Studio Marketplace?

A: No. You can't use the Azure free account to pay for Visual Studio Marketplace purchases, which applies to Azure DevOps, Xamarin University, and so on. Instead, set up a separate Pay-As-You-Go Azure subscription, which you can do before or during your purchase.

Q: Can I use the monthly Azure credits from Visual Studio subscriptions or Visual Studio Dev Essentials to buy from the Visual Studio Marketplace?

A: No. You can't use the monthly Azure credits from Visual Studio subscriptions or Visual Studio Dev Essentials to pay for Visual Studio Marketplace purchases. You can use the included Azure subscriptions to bill your purchases. Before you make purchases, you must remove your spending limit from these subscriptions:

Spending limit

Important

To prevent your Azure subscription from being disabled when your monthly charges are billed the following month, remove your spending limit indefinitely. Otherwise, all resources billed to the subscription are suspended, including virtual machines and all other workloads.

Remove spending limit indefinitely

Q: Where can I check my bill or correct any billing information on my Azure subscription?

A: If you're the Azure account administrator, visit the Azure Account portal.

Q: How do I get support for the Visual Studio Marketplace?

A: Who to contact depends on the support you need:

Q: Can I use an Enterprise Agreement to buy from the Visual Studio Marketplace?

A: Yes. Buy directly from the Visual Studio Marketplace, Azure DevOps tab. You can bill purchases to the Azure subscription created under your Enterprise Agreement (EA). Don't order Visual Studio Marketplace services through your reseller.

Q: How can I tell whether I have the necessary privileges to buy services in the Visual Studio Marketplace through my organization's Enterprise Agreement?

A: To find out if you have the right privileges, select the Buy button for a service offered in the Visual Studio Marketplace, Azure DevOps tab. Then select an Azure subscription, which is a billing account, from the list of Azure subscriptions that are currently linked to your user name and password. The name of the Azure subscription defaults to the type of billing account. Examples are Pay-As-You-Go and Enterprise Agreement. So it's often clear if the Azure subscription is part of your Enterprise Agreement.

Another approach is to try to visit the Azure Enterprise Portal. If you can reach it, then you have either the Enterprise Admin or the Account Owner role. Only Account Owners can set up new Azure billing accounts in an Enterprise Agreement. If you can't access the Azure Enterprise Portal, inquire within your organization to find out who your Enterprise Admin is. Ask that person to add you as an Account Owner within the Azure Enterprise Portal. If you're unable to find this person, you can submit a support ticket and request the contact information. You need your organization's name and your Enterprise Agreement enrollment number for the support ticket.