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Develop and test on Azure

Support secure, cost-efficient development and testing from anywhere with powerful provisioning and testing tools.

Optimize your development and test environments on Azure

Empower your team to quickly provision dev/test and pre-production environments to deliver quality products, applications, and services. Use purpose-built, managed developer services like Azure DevTest LabsGitHub Codespaces, and Azure Virtual Desktop to easily manage and optimize dev/test environments, tenants, and subscriptions, without sacrificing governance, cost controls, or security.

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Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)

Use Azure Virtual Desktop to securely remote into development environments. If you don't need direct access to remote resources, use GitHub Codespaces to create cloud-hosted developer environments from any hosted Git repository. Connect to these environments directly from Visual Studio Code, which provides an experience that looks and feels local.

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Application services

Use a rich set of managed developer services to provision fast and compliant dev/test environments that are tailored to your unique needs. Quickly provision and manage team-specific environments across your organization by using Azure DevTest Labs reusable custom templates to reproduce test environments. Simplify the management experience of Windows virtual machines (VMs) and deploy and scale your dev/test environments with ease using Azure Virtual Desktop.

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Data services

Use Azure DevTest Labs to centrally manage your dev/test environments with full control of VMs, and custom template configurations to reproduce high fidelity environments.

Set lab policies to automatically shut down and start up virtual machines, and use the lab cost trend feature to estimate your spending and set thresholds. Use Microsoft Cost Management for increased visibility into project costs, while utilizing quotas and policies to ensure that costs stay on target.

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Machine learning

The Azure Dev/Test offer provides discounted rates for your ongoing development and testing, with no Microsoft software charges for Azure Virtual Machines and special dev/test pricing for other services. Save even more with reservations for one-year or three-year commitments on VMs and Azure SQL Database.

Visual Studio subscribers also receive free monthly credits that can be used to explore and try Azure services.

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Create resilient applications built to manage the high-scale load of production environments and continue to run when faced with unexpected disruptions. Build load testing into your DevOps workflows using Azure Load Testing to generate high-scale load and optimize app performance at scale. Maximize app resilience using Azure Chaos Studio to see how existing apps handle simple and complex failure scenarios.

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Azure DevTest Labs




Azure Virtual Desktop


Azure Chaos Studio


Azure Load Testing


Microsoft Cost Management


Azure Resource Manager


Learn more through example solution architectures

Dev/test deployment for testing platform as a service (PaaS) solutions

Configure your infrastructure for development and testing of a standard PaaS-style system.

Dev/test deployment for testing microservices solutions

Configure your infrastructure for development and testing of a microservices-based system.

Dev/test deployment for testing infrastructure as a service (IaaS) solutions

Configure your infrastructure for development and testing of a standard IaaS-based software as a service (SaaS) system.

Dev/test deployment for testing SharePoint farm

Enable a small-scale deployment of SharePoint using a single Microsoft Entra ID (formerly Azure Active Directory) instance, SQL, and SharePoint resources.

Optimize your Dev and Test Environments

Learn how Azure Dev/Test can help your engineering teams quickly and remotely create dev/test environments.

Save with the Azure Dev/Test offer

Explore the Azure Dev/Test offer and see how you can save on dev/test workloads in the cloud.

Migrate and set up dev/test environments in Azure

See how to increase control over pre-production test environments by shifting to Azure.

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