The Visual Studio 2019 benefit

As a Visual Studio subscriber, you have access to the Visual Studio IDE. The specific version will depend on the level of your subscription. The benefit will appear as a tile in the Tools category on the Benefits page of the subscriber portal.

Activation steps

(Visual Studio Enterprise is used for this example.)

To download the IDE:

  1. Sign in to

  2. Locate the Visual Studio IDE tile in the Tools section, and click on the Download link at the bottom of the benefit tile. You can also download it from the Downloads page.

    Visual Studio Enterprise tile

  3. You’ll be redirected to the Download Results page for Visual Studio, where you’ll have the opportunity to download the IDE and obtain a product key to activate it. You may also claim a product key by clicking on the blue Get Key link, or claim a key later on the Product keys page.

  4. On the Details tab of the Download Results page:

    • Select your desired architecture (x86, x64)
    • Select your language preference.
  5. Click the blue download button.

    Visual Studio Enterprise download details

  6. Click on the downloaded installer package. If prompted to install now, click Run.

  7. In the User Account Control dialog, click Yes.

  8. Click Continue to accept the license terms.

  9. When the installer starts, choose your desired workloads, individual components and language packs by choosing them on the corresponding tabs.

    Customize Visual Studio Enterprise

  10. Click Install.

  11. When the installation is complete, you'll have the option to modify the installation or launch Visual Studio. Click Launch to get started. If you have multiple versions installed, they will be listed.

    Launch Visual Studio Enterprise

  12. Sign in with the account associated with your Visual Studio subscription.

  13. Choose your preferred theme, and click Start Visual Studio.

  14. Visual Studio opens. You're ready to start using Visual Studio!

    Start Using Visual Studio Enterprise


Subscription Level Channels Benefit Renewable?
Visual Studio Enterprise (Standard, monthly cloud) VL, Azure, Retail, selected NFR1 Available Yes
Visual Studio Enterprise with GitHub Enterprise VL Available Yes
Visual Studio Professional (Standard, monthly cloud) VL, Azure, Retail Available Yes
Visual Studio Professional with GitHub Enterprise VL Available Yes
Visual Studio Test Professional (Standard) VL, Retail Available Yes
MSDN Platforms (Standard) VL, Retail Not available N/A

1 Includes: Not for Resale (NFR), Visual Studio Industry Partner (VSIP), Microsoft Partner Network (MPN), FTE, MCT Software & Services Developer, BizSpark, Imagine, Most Valuable Professional (MVP), Regional Director (RD). Excludes: 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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Next steps

Once you have Visual Studio installed, don't forget to activate these other important benefits: