Monthly Azure credit for Visual Studio subscribers

Try out different Azure services, experiment and learn.

Create development environments whenever you need to.

Great for individual dev/test workloads.

Activate your monthly Azure credit

How much do I receive?

Active subscribers receive the following credit each month:

$50 $100 $150

Visual Studio Professional – annual

Visual Studio Professional

Visual Studio Test Professional

MSDN Platforms

Visual Studio Enterprise – annual

Visual Studio Enterprise

Visual Studio Enterprise (BizSpark)

Visual Studio Enterprise (MPN)

No credit card required

When you set up your monthly Azure credit for the first time, you are not required to provide any credit card information. Even if you choose to store credit card information in your account, you automatically start with a $0 spending limit, so there’s no risk of any charges until you’re ready.

Low dev/test rates help you stretch your credit further

Use the Microsoft software included with your Visual Studio subscription on Azure Virtual Machines for dev/test at no extra cost – you’ll just pay the Linux rate for the VMs that you run, even VMs with SQL Server, SharePoint Server or other software that is normally billed at a higher rate. Upload custom virtual machine images yourself, or use one of our pre-configured images from the Azure Gallery.

In addition to the low dev/test rates on VMs, you also receive low rates on Cloud Services, HDInsight and Web Apps.

Access to Windows 10

When you set up your monthly Azure credit, you can run Windows 10 images on Azure for dev/test.

What can I buy with my monthly credit?

The choice is yours as to how you use your monthly Azure credit. Use the credit on almost any Azure service including Virtual Machines, Web Apps, Cloud Services, Mobile Services, Storage, SQL Databases, Content Delivery Network, HDInsight, Media Services and many more.

Support plans, Application Insights, Visual Studio subscriptions, Visual Studio Team Services, third-party branded products, products sold through Marketplace and products otherwise sold separately from Azure (for example, Microsoft Azure Active Directory Premium) are the only exceptions – you’ll be billed for any of these services used.)

Need Azure for your dev team?

While the monthly Azure credit for Visual Studio subscribers is great for your personal dev/test workloads, it isn’t optimal for work you’re doing as a team. Thankfully, we’ve created a couple of options for you to get lower dev/test rates and access to Windows 10 for dev/test, along with other advantages:

Enterprise Dev/Test – if your organisation has an Enterprise Agreement (EA) purchasing contract with Microsoft.

Pay-as-you-go Dev/Test—if you don’t have an EA.

Details on monthly Azure credit offers

You can review the specifics for each monthly Azure credit offer for Visual Studio subscribers here:

Visual Studio Enterprise (for both Visual Studio Enterprise and Visual Studio Enterprise – annual)

Visual Studio Enterprise (BizSpark)

Visual Studio Enterprise (MPN)

Visual Studio Professional (for both Visual Studio Professional and Visual Studio Professional – annual)

Visual Studio Test Professional

MSDN Platforms


  • Monthly Azure credits for Visual Studio subscribers are specifically for dev/test usage only. Production workloads must be run on regular Azure subscriptions such as Pay-as-you-go.

  • Yes, if your organisation uses Azure Active Directory, such as if you’re using Office 365. For additional details, see the Using Work Accounts FAQs.

  • Starting on 8 September 2016, free Azure subscriptions created via the Visual Studio Subscriptions benefit may see certain geographies not available for creating new VMs and Azure Services. This will have no effect on service availability.

  • The monthly Azure credit for Visual Studio subscribers is for development and testing only and is offered at discounted usage rates. These offers do not carry a financially backed SLA. We reserve the right to suspend any instance (VM or cloud service) that runs continuously for more than 120 hours or that we determine is being used for production. We are making this capacity available to Visual Studio subscribers on a best efforts basis; there is no guarantee of capacity availability.

  • Yes. See more details on spending limits.

  • Credit pooling is not available, as the benefit is designed for individual subscriber usage.