Monthly Azure credit for Visual Studio Professional subscribers
Try out different Azure services, experiment, and learn.
Create development environments whenever you need.
Great for individual dev/test workloads.
As a Visual Studio Professional, you’ve got the power of the cloud at your command. Azure’s integrated tools, pre-built templates, and managed services make it easier to build and manage enterprise, mobile, web, and Internet of Things (IoT) apps faster, using skills you already have and technologies you already know.
Activate your $50 monthly credit today!
No credit card required
When you first set up your monthly Azure credit, you are not required to provide a credit card. Even if you choose to store a credit card in your account, you automatically start with a $0 spending limit—so there is no risk of any charges, until you’re ready.
Low dev/test rates help you stretch your credit farther
Use the Microsoft software included with your Visual Studio subscription on Azure Virtual Machines for dev/test at no extra charge—you’ll just pay the Linux rate for VMs 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 get 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 to buy with your monthly credit
Use your monthly credit toward Azure services, including:
- Cloud Services
- Content Delivery Network
- Media Services
- Mobile Services
- SQL Databases
- Virtual Machines
- Web Apps feature of Azure App Service
The following products and services are billed and don’t qualify for the monthly credit:
- Application Insights
- Support plans
- Visual Studio subscriptions
- Visual Studio Team Services
Products that are sold separately from Azure (such as Microsoft Azure Active Directory Premium) or through Azure Marketplace, and third-party branded products, are also billed and don’t qualify for the monthly credit.
Azure for your dev team
While the monthly Azure credit for Visual Studio Professional 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 options for you to get lower dev/test rates, access to Windows 10 for dev/test, along with other advantages:
Enterprise Dev/Test: if your organization has an Enterprise Agreement (EA) purchasing contract with Microsoft
Pay-As-You-Go Dev/Test: if you don’t have an EA
Dev/test rates on select services
All Windows and Windows Server Virtual Machines, Cloud Services, Web Apps, and HDInsight are discounted relative to the published Pay-as-you-go rates. The rate on these services is equal to the rate for a Linux virtual machine of the same size and type. For example:
- A Windows Server/Medium (A2)/Basic Instance virtual machine is billed at the Linux/Medium (A2)/Basic Instance virtual machine rate.
- A Websites/Large (L)/Standard is billed at the Linux/Large (A3)/Standard Instance virtual machine rate.
- A HDInsight Head Node (on an Extra Large A4 instance) is billed at the Linux/Extra Large (A4)/Standard Instance virtual machine rate.
If you remove the Spending Limit, charges will be incurred at the Pay-As-You-Go pricing. If you maintain the Spending Limit and you use your monthly credit in full or you use any service that is excluded from payment by monthly credit, your subscription will be suspended for the remainder of the billing period.
You will be notified at least 30 days in advance of any increases to the rates.
Any taxes which may result from receiving services at no charge are the sole responsibility of the recipient.
You must maintain an active Visual Studio Professional subscription to enjoy this benefit. This offer is limited to one per subscriber.
Only credit cards will be accepted, unless previously approved for invoice. Please note that we do not accept prepaid and virtual credit cards.
More details on pricing and billing can be found on our Pricing page.
You may cancel at any time. Payment is required for any outstanding fees incurred.
This offer is available to customers located in one of the following countries/regions and will be billed in the currency noted:
|Afghanistan||US Dollar ($)|
|Albania||US Dollar ($)|
|Algeria||US Dollar ($)|
|Angola||US Dollar ($)|
|Argentina||Argentine Peso ($)|
|Armenia||US Dollar ($)|
|Australia||Australian Dollar ($)|
|Azerbaijan||US Dollar ($)|
|Bahamas||US Dollar ($)|
|Bahrain||US Dollar ($)|
|Bangladesh||US Dollar ($)|
|Barbados||US Dollar ($)|
|Belarus||US Dollar ($)|
|Belize||US Dollar ($)|
|Bermuda||US Dollar ($)|
|Bolivia||US Dollar ($)|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||US Dollar ($)|
|Botswana||US Dollar ($)|
|Brazil||Brazilian Real (R$)|
|Brunei Darussalam||US Dollar ($)|
|Republic of Cabo Verde||US Dollar ($)|
|Cameroon||US Dollar ($)|
|Canada||Canadian Dollar ($)|
|Cayman Islands||US Dollar ($)|
|Chile||US Dollar ($)|
|Colombia||US Dollar ($)|
|Republic of the Congo||US Dollar ($)|
|Costa Rica||US Dollar ($)|
|Côte d'Ivoire||US Dollar ($)|
|Curaçao||US Dollar ($)|
|Czech Republic||Euro (€)|
|Denmark||Danish Krone (kr)|
|Dominican Republic||US Dollar ($)|
|Ecuador||US Dollar ($)|
|Egypt||US Dollar ($)|
|El Salvador||US Dollar ($)|
|Ethiopia||US Dollar ($)|
|Faroe Islands||Euro (€)|
|Fiji||US Dollar ($)|
|Georgia||US Dollar ($)|
|Ghana||US Dollar ($)|
|Guatemala||US Dollar ($)|
|Honduras||US Dollar ($)|
|Hong Kong||Hong Kong Dollar (HK$)|
|India||Indian Rupee (₹)|
|Indonesia||Indonesian Rupiah (Rp)|
|Iraq||US Dollar ($)|
|Israel||US Dollar ($)|
|Jamaica||US Dollar ($)|
|Japan||Japanese Yen (¥)|
|Jordan||US Dollar ($)|
|Kazakhstan||US Dollar ($)|
|Kenya||US Dollar ($)|
|Korea||Korean Won (₩)|
|Kuwait||US Dollar ($)|
|Kyrgyzstan||US Dollar ($)|
|Lebanon||US Dollar ($)|
|Libya||US Dollar ($)|
|Liechtenstein||Swiss Franc (chf)|
|Macao||US Dollar ($)|
|Macedonia (FYRO)||US Dollar ($)|
|Malaysia||Malaysian Ringgit (RM$)|
|Mauritius||US Dollar ($)|
|Mexico||Mexican Peso (MXN$)|
|Moldova||US Dollar ($)|
|Mongolia||US Dollar ($)|
|Montenegro||US Dollar ($)|
|Morocco||US Dollar ($)|
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|Nepal||US Dollar ($)|
|New Zealand||New Zealand Dollar ($)|
|Nicaragua||US Dollar ($)|
|Nigeria||US Dollar ($)|
|Norway||Norwegian Krone (kr)|
|Oman||US Dollar ($)|
|Pakistan||US Dollar ($)|
|Palestinian Authority||US Dollar ($)|
|Panama||US Dollar ($)|
|Paraguay||US Dollar ($)|
|Peru||US Dollar ($)|
|Philippines||US Dollar ($)|
|Puerto Rico||US Dollar ($)|
|Qatar||US Dollar ($)|
|Russia||Russian Ruble (руб)|
|Rwanda||US Dollar ($)|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||US Dollar ($)|
|Saudi Arabia||Saudi Riyal (SR)|
|Senegal||US Dollar ($)|
|Serbia||US Dollar ($)|
|Singapore||US Dollar ($)|
|South Africa||South African Rand (R)|
|Sri Lanka||US Dollar ($)|
|Sweden||Swedish Krona (kr)|
|Switzerland||Swiss Franc (chf)|
|Taiwan||Taiwanese Dollar (NT$)|
|Tajikistan||US Dollar ($)|
|Tanzania||US Dollar ($)|
|Thailand||US Dollar ($)|
|Trinidad and Tobago||US Dollar ($)|
|Tunisia||US Dollar ($)|
|Turkey||Turkish Lira (TL)|
|Turkmenistan||US Dollar ($)|
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|Ukraine||US Dollar ($)|
|United Arab Emirates||US Dollar ($)|
|United Kingdom||British Pound (£)|
|United States||US Dollar ($)|
|Uruguay||US Dollar ($)|
|Uzbekistan||US Dollar ($)|
|Venezuela||US Dollar ($)|
|Vietnam||US Dollar ($)|
|Virgin Islands of the United States||US Dollar ($)|
|Yemen||US Dollar ($)|
|Zambia||US Dollar ($)|
|Zimbabwe||US Dollar ($)|
Limits, Quotas and Constraints
Please refer to this document for a list of common Microsoft Azure limits, quotas and constraints.
The following monthly usage quotas are applied. If you need more than these limits, please contact customer service at any time so that we can understand your needs and adjust these limits appropriately.
This benefit is for development and testing only. We reserve the right to suspend any instance (VM or cloud service) that runs continuously for more than 120 hours or if we determine that the instance is being used for production. Production workloads must be run on regular subscriptions.
Service Level Agreements
This benefit is exclusively for development and testing your applications. Usage within the subscription does not carry a financially-backed SLA, except for use of Visual Studio Team Services and HockeyApp.
All increases in usage levels of service resources (e.g. adding to the number of compute instances running, or increasing the amount of storage in use) are subject to the availability of these service resources. Any quota described in the Limits, Quotas and Constraints section is not a commitment that there will be sufficient resources available for you to reach the quota.
For any subscriptions of this offer that are not incurring charges and are inactive for more than 90 days, we reserve the right to remove any compute resources including hosted service(s), virtual machines and websites. Please note that no data would be deleted and customers can redeploy at any time. We will also provide advance notice prior to removing any compute resources.
You can also avoid having your compute resources removed by doing either of the following every 90 days: