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Free Visual Studio Dev Essentials Program now includes $300 in Azure credits

In November, Microsoft introduced the Visual Studio Dev Essentials Program to give developers everything they need to get started building and deploying apps on any platform, for free.

Over the past 75 days more than 400,000 developers have signed up for the program to take advantage of deep technical training from Pluralsight and Wintellect, as well as development tools, cloud services for team collaboration, OS downloads, mentoring and support.

Microsoft announced two new benefits for Dev Essentials members:

  • $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.

If you haven’t already, join the thousands of developers who are already using Dev Essentials to stay nimble on the latest app development technologies. Sign up for Dev Essentials today and stay tuned for more great benefits in the coming months.


Frederik De Breuck is better known as Stonyarc (GamerTag). Next to writing and maintaining his personal blog he is the owner of and . He's also Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) since 2010 and works as Presales Director for Fujitsu Belgium.

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