Use Microsoft Azure in Visual Studio subscriptions

As a Visual Studio subscriber, you can use Microsoft Azure at no extra charge. With your monthly Azure DevTest individual credit, Azure is your personal sandbox for dev/test. You can provision virtual machines, cloud services, and other Azure resources. Credit amounts vary by subscription level.

Activation steps

  1. Sign in to https://my.visualstudio.com/benefits.

  2. Locate the Azure tile in the Tools section on the Benefits page and click Activate link at the bottom of the benefit tile.

    Azure Tile

  3. If you don't have an existing Azure subscription, you'll be asked to fill in the required information to create your Azure subscription. The first step is to provide your personal information and then click Next.

    Azure Sign-up

  4. Next, you'll need to verify your identity using a simple verification code. Provide your phone number, and choose whether you'd like to receive the code by text or phone. Enter the code you receive, and click Verify code.

    Azure Getting Ready

  5. For the final step, click the checkbox to accept the terms, then click Sign up. That's all there is to it!

    Azure Getting Ready

  6. The Azure Dashboard Quickstart Center will load.

    Azure Dashboard

  7. Bookmark the Azure portal for easy access in the future.

Maintain a subscription to use monthly credits

If your Visual Studio subscription expires or is removed, all the subscription benefits, including the monthly Azure dev/test individual credit are no longer available. To continue using Azure with a monthly credit, you will need to renew your subscription, purchase a new subscription, or transfer the Azure benefit to an active subscription that includes the Azure dev/test individual credit.

Important

You must transfer your resources to another Azure subscription before your current Azure subscription is disabled or you will lose access to your data.

There are several ways to continue using a monthly credit for Azure. To save your Azure resources, you will need to transfer your resources to another Azure subscription, regardless of the action you choose below.

Use the Eligibility table below to determine how many credits are included with each subscription type.

Convert your Azure subscription to Pay-As-You-Go

If you no longer need a Visual Studio subscription or credit but you want to continue using your Azure resources, transfer your resources to another Azure subscription, or convert your Azure subscription to pay-as-you-go pricing by removing your spending limit.

If you don’t take one of these actions, your Azure subscription will be disabled and deleted 30 days after receiving the email notification.

Have a question?

If you have questions about transferring resources, removing spending limits, or other Azure topics, you can submit an Azure support request in the Azure portal.

Eligibility

Subscription Level / Program Benefit Renewable?
Visual Studio Enterprise Standard $150 monthly credit Yes
Visual Studio Enterprise with GitHub Enterprise $150 monthly credit Yes
Visual Studio Enterprise monthly Not available
Visual Studio Professional Standard $50 monthly credit Yes
Visual Studio Professional with GitHub Enterprise $150 monthly credit Yes
Visual Studio Professional monthly Not available
Visual Studio Test Pro $50 monthly credit Yes
MSDN Platforms $100 monthly credit Yes
Visual Studio Enterprise - NFR* $150 monthly credit Yes
Visual Studio Enterprise - FTE $150 monthly credit Yes
Visual Studio Enterprise - Microsoft Partner Network $150 monthly credit Yes
Visual Studio Professional - Microsoft Partner Network Not available
Visual Studio Enterprise – Imagine (Standard) Not available
Visual Studio Enterprise – Imagine (Premium) Not available
Visual Studio Enterprise – BizSpark $150 monthly credit Yes
Visual Studio Enterprise – MCT Software & Services $100 monthly credit Yes
Visual Studio Enterprise – MCT Software & Services Developer $150 monthly credit Yes

*Includes Not for Resale (NFR), Most Valuable Professional (MVP), Regional Director (RD), Visual Studio Industry Partner (VSIP)

Note

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 https://visualstudio.microsoft.com/vs/pricing/ to explore different options to purchase Visual Studio.

Not sure which subscription you're using? Connect to https://my.visualstudio.com/subscriptions to see all the subscriptions assigned to your email address. If you don't see all your subscriptions, you may have one or more assigned to a different email address. You'll need to sign in with that email address to see those subscriptions.

Frequently asked questions

Q: How do I submit a technical support incident from within the Azure portal?

A: Submitting a support incident from the Azure portal is a three-step process.

  1. Activate your technical support benefit, and obtain your Contract ID Access ID.
  2. Link your support contract to your Azure subscription.
  3. Submit a support incident.

Please visit the Technical support documentation for complete details.

Q: Who owns the intellectual property I create using my Azure DevTest individual credit?

A: Intellectual property produced by an employee created on resources provided by that company is thereby intellectual property of the company providing the resource. So, if you received your Visual Studio subscription through your employer, their intellectual property policies would apply.

Support resources

See also

Next steps

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