I recently created a new Visual Studio account to share some code and collaborate with friends. Low and behold, I received an email to activate my “Visual Studio Dev Essentials membership” which include a good and long list of benefits and free stuff! Some of which are:
- Visual Studio Tools and Services
- $25/month of Azure Cloud credits for 1 year
- Xamarin University Training
- 6-month subscription to Pluralsight
- SQL Server 2014 Developer Edition
- Microsoft R Server Developer Edition (Allows you to build advanced Analytics solutions in R on Windows, Hadoop, Terradata and Linux)
- Application Insights – Free plan
- Hockey App – Free plan
Great stuff in there, at least for the small and demo projects am working on. I guess any developer would benefit from these and I thought I’d share.
If you want to have a look and get access to this program, it’s as simple as signing up with your name and email over here: https://www.visualstudio.com/products/visual-studio-dev-essentials-vs
Once you’ve signed up, you will be able to access your account from here http://my.visualstudio.com and start activating those benefits.