Visual Studio administrators assign Visual Studio subscriptions to users so that they can take advantage of all the benefits associated with a subscription. There’s a handy guide for administrators with lots of links to useful training and documentation resources which you can find here: https://bit.ly/3wzq6OA.
We found an updated (August 2020) Licensing Guide.
There aren’t major changes from the previous release, with just the version being removed from Azure DevOps Server so that the information applies to all versions, including the recently released Azure DevOps Server 2020.
Find this guide here: https://bit.ly/2G40ep0.
We found a March 2020 update to the Visual Studio Licensing Guide. There aren’t any major changes, but if you always like to have the latest version to hand, then you can find it here: https://bit.ly/2EQ9SdQ.
Microsoft announce the General Availability of Visual Studio 2019 with the usual editions available to download: Community (free), and Professional and Enterprise for users with the relevant standard or monthly cloud subscription. Find the announcement here: http://bit.ly/2OGNLHI.
Visual Studio 2019 for Mac is also available, in the same editions. licensed by the same subscriptions. Find that announcement here: http://bit.ly/2HWCa6R.
Microsoft announce the General Availability of Azure DevOps Server; this is the latest version of the product you may know better by its previous name of Visual Studio Team Foundation Server.
There are no changes to the licensing of this new version and you can buy Server and CAL licences through a Volume Licensing agreement.
Alternatively, Visual Studio standard subscriptions include rights to the Server licence and one User CAL, and all users licensed for Azure DevOps Services have CAL rights too.
You can find the announcement here: http://bit.ly/2FgTv7U, along with confirmation that Azure SQL Database can now be used with Azure DevOps Server in an Azure virtual machine.
The Visual Studio Licensing Guide has some updates, mainly for the name changes of Visual Studio Online Services to Azure DevOps, and Microsoft BizSpark to Microsoft for Startups.
As usual, find this guide here: http://bit.ly/MSLicensingGuides.
Visual Studio subscriptions provide access to developer tools, as well as cloud services and software to support all types of dev projects. Microsoft have sold Standard subscriptions through Volume Licensing agreements and annual or monthly Cloud subscriptions through the Visual Studio Marketplace. Note that annual Cloud subscriptions are no longer available, but that existing customers can continue to renew, increase, decrease, or cancel their subscriptions.
The Cloud subscriptions page is here: http://bit.ly/2HrksJj.
Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2018 was first available in November 2017, with Update 1 released on January 29th, 2018. The Visual Studio Licensing Guide (November 2017) is updated for VSTFS 2018 which now includes rights to SQL Server 2017 and is no longer available through the retail channel.
Pages 31/32 confirm that Visual Studio Express 2017 will be the last version of this product, replaced by Visual Studio Code and Visual Studio Community which are also free development products
Find this guide in our ever-growing collection of Licensing Guides here: http://bit.ly/MSLicensingGuides.