Visual Studio is a very powerful tool and service appropriate for individual developers or even for a team. With Visual Studio you can create any application for PC’s or web and the best part is that all are powered by the cloud. With unified development solution you can create applications for Windows, iOS or Android. It also helps you to improve team productivity, it enables usage of Agile project planning tools, team rooms, charts and with subscription you will get some great benefits.
Part 1: Visual Studio Professional licenses
With Visual Studio Professional licenses, you’ll get the access to numerous of Microsoft products, to Microsoft Software, services, support and trainings. There are different options for subscription in order for each developer or team to choose what is best for their needs. The main differences, beside the pricing are different accesses and additional benefits.
In Standalone License, which you can buy from Microsoft’s store of from resellers you won’t have any specific time limits and there are no additional Subscriber Benefits. But you will get the Perpetual license terms, which means when all non-software benefits will expire, you will still be able to continue with usage of some software.
For Standard Subscription with MSDN you will have to commit for specific period – 12, 24 or 36 months, but you will get the full benefits package, which includes tools and software such as Xamarin Studio, Team Foundation Server license, $50 of monthly credit for dev/test Microsoft Azure, Windows developer account, Windows & SQL Server, 30 courses of Pluralsight training and much more. This subscription provides also Perpetual license terms.
You will get the same features in annual Cloud subscription except for Perpetual license terms. However, for monthly Cloud subscriptions you will be committed only for 1 month, but you will not get any Subscriber Benefits.
For both Cloud subscriptions you will need to have also Azure subscription for billing.
Part 2: Visual Studio Enterprise licenses
Visual Studio Enterprise licenses presents comprehensive solutions for any team and can manage also very complex enterprise applications. Agile tools are developed for enterprise-scale projects and enables enterprises to manage work across different teams and even across different projects. It’s integrated also with advanced monitoring and debugging tools, which can identify and fix complex application issues in a very fast way.
With Standard Visual Studio Enterprise MSDN subscription, you will get Perpetual license terms and full subscription benefits, which beside benefits for Visual Studio Professional Licenses Standard Subscription with MSDN includes also Test Manager as additional Visual Studio Team Services extension, $150 monthly credit for dev/test Microsoft Azure, Office 365 Developer Subscription, eDevTech SmartOffice4TFS and inteGREAT4TFS, SharePoint, Exchange and all other servers, 45 courses for Pluralsight training and some more.
Both Cloud subscriptions are Non-perpetual, but the annual subscription will get you also full subscription benefits as the standard one.
Beside described options, you also have the chance to use Visual Studio Test Professional which provides access to the test hub in Visual Studio Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Team Services or from MSDN platforms. Both options include extensions such as Test Manager and additional benefits such as Microsoft Azure monthly credit for dev/test, access to Windows & SQL Server, Pluralsight trainings and Team Foundation Server license.