Visual Studio Licensing Guide

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:

Visual Studio 2019

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:

Visual Studio 2019 for Mac is also available, in the same editions. licensed by the same subscriptions. Find that announcement here:

General Availability of Azure DevOps Server

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:, along with confirmation that Azure SQL Database can now be used with Azure DevOps Server in an Azure virtual machine.

Visual Studio Subscriptions

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: