Visual Studio Dev Essentials adds $300 in Azure credits, exclusive Xamarin University access

Dave W. Shanahan

Back in November 2015, Microsoft introduced the free Visual Studio Dev Essentials Program to give developers a jump start on everything they need to develop and deploy apps on any platform, whether it be Windows 10, Linux, or Mac. In a post on the Visual Studio Blog, Microsoft announced yesterday new incentives to join the free Visual Studio Dev Essentials Program, including $300 in Azure credits and exclusive Xamarin University access.

Since making membership free, more than 400,000 developers signed up and have taken advantage of the technical training the Visual Studio Dev Essentials Program provides with the help of Pluralsight and Wintellect, in addition to development tools, team collaboration cloud services, OS downloads, and other support. In the blog post, Microsoft’s Shawn Nandi, Senior Director of Developer Programs, Partnerships, and Planning announced two more reasons to join the Visual Studio Dev Essentials Program:

  • $300 in Azure Credits: enjoy $25/month in credits for 12 months to take advantage of Azure services for your apps.). That’s enough to run a D2 Windows Virtual Machine for 95 hours a month, or try out an A3 HDInsight Cluster for 24 hours. These credits can be applied on top of the free options offered by many Azure services. Learn more here
  • Xamarin University Access: get started building native iOS, Android, and Windows Phone apps using.NET and shared C# code through exclusive on-demand access to Xamarin University course recordings and materials.

Stay tuned in the coming months, as Microsoft promises more new features and incentives are in the works. Interested in taking advantage of this free offer? Sign up for Visual Studio Dev Essentials today.