Microsoft Visual Studio 2019

Visual Studio 2019 is an integrated, complete solution with development tools, cloud services and extensions that enables you and your team to create great applications and games for desktops, the web, Windows Store, Android and iOS. Choose between different editions, depending on whether you work alone or in a small team (Professional edition) or in a complex project across departments and locations (Enterprise edition). Visual Studio 2019 provides everything you need to help you deliver software in less time and even better quality.

What’s new?

Whether you’re new to coding or ready for your next project, Visual Studio 2019 streamlines your experience so you can get right down to focused work. You’ll find more screen space for your code and you can search for anything from one place. You can keep your code tidy with one-click code clean-up. When you’re debugging, you’ll notice better stepping performance and you’ll get search capabilities within the Autos, Locals, and Watch windows to quickly find that elusive object or value.

User experience improvements

Visual Studio 2019 opens with a new start window on launch. This experience is better designed to work with today’s Git repositories – whether local repos or online Git repos on GitHub, Azure Repos, or elsewhere. Of course, you can still open an existing project or solution or create a new one.

Visual Studio 2019 comes with a new product icon, a refreshed blue theme with small changes across the UI to create a cleaner interface, and a more compact title and menu bar which will be optimized even further.

You can now search for settings, commands, and install options. The new search experience is also smarter, as it supports fuzzy string searching to help find what you are looking for even when misspelled.

Feature improvements

Develop Intellicode and One-click Code Cleanup
  • Write your code faster with context-aware, AI-powered IntelliSense, that is provided by Visual Studio IntelliCode. You can now also train IntelliCode on your own code repositories to share with your team
  • Drive code maintainability and fix warnings and suggestions with one-click code clean up, and use more refactoring capabilities than ever. A document health indicator will help you get your code “to green”.
Collaboration Live Share and PR Experience 
  • With Visual Studio Live Share, you can collaborate in real-time whether your team members are working from home or across the world. Live Share installs by default and supports all projects, app types, and languages.
  • The new pull request (PR) experience lets you and your team quickly review code (even run the app and debug!) from Azure Repos directly in the IDE
Debug Search Window and Snapshot Debugger
  • Improved stepping performance and support for large C++ apps enhance your debugging experience. New search capabilities in Autos, Locals, and Watch windows help you find objects or values, or visualize Collections
  • With Snapshot Debugger, you can debug issues in a production environment without impacting performance or stability. It takes a snapshot of the environment so you can inspect objects and call stacks
Azure Connected Services and Azure App Services
  • Configure your applications to use Azure services with just a few clicks. You can create new instances of Azure Storage, Key Vault, Cognitive Services, and more without ever leaving the IDE
  • Start developing your code locally and offline until you are ready to deploy. Then publish directly to Azure in minutes, not hours, targeting virtual machines, containers, or Azure App Service

.NET Core 3 and C++ Improvements

  • Visual Studio 2019 gives your current projects the full-fledged support they need across any platform including desktop, web, mobile, and games. It also supports .NET Core 3, one of the fastest frameworks on the planet
  • With support for Linux targeting, and CMake and ClangFormat support, Visual Studio 2019 is the most complete IDE for C++ developers. C# and F# developers can build native cross-platform apps with Xamarin


Professional developer tools and services for individual developers or small teams. The integrated development environment allows to maintain and extend existing applications or to create new modern applications – even for Windows 10.

An integrated, end-to-end solution for teams of any size with demanding quality and scale needs. Take advantage of comprehensive tools and services for designing, building and managing complex enterprise applications.

This edition gives you access to the test hub in Visual Studio Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Online. Coordinate all test management activities including test planning, authoring, execution, and tracking from a central location. The test hub allows critical insight into progress against the defined acceptance criteria and quality metrics.

A fully-featured, extensible, free IDE for creating modern applications for Android, iOS, Windows, as well as web applications and cloud services. In enterprise organizations, the edition may only be used for open source projects, academic research, and classroom learning environment scenarios.

MSDN Platforms is the ideal solution for individuals who do not need a full version of Visual Studio but contribute to the development and testing process.

Previously known as Team Foundation Server (TFS), Azure DevOps Server is a set of collaborative software development tools, hosted on-premises. Azure DevOps Server integrates with your existing IDE or editor, enabling your cross-functional team to work effectively on projects of all sizes. Integrate your custom tool or third-party service with Azure DevOps Server using open standards like REST APIs and OAuth 2.0. Integrate your favorite tools and services from the marketplace of extensions.

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Visual Studio Subscriptions

Access the full richness of Microsoft developer tools, cloud services, software, support and training:

  • Visual Studio Subscriptions provide perpetual use rights for the Visual Studio IDE
  • Visual Studio Cloud Subscriptions (annual and monthly) provide use rights for the IDE only through the duration of the subscription. (Only available for Visual Studio Professional and Visual Studio Enterprise.)

Visual Studio Professional

  Standalone License Standard Subscription Cloud Subscription
  Visual Studio Professional 2019 Visual Studio Professional with MSDN Monthly
Purchasing Channels Microsoft Volume Licensing Programs (resellers) Microsoft Volume Licensing Programs (resellers) Visual Studio Marketplace (requires an Azure subscription for billing) or via CSP
Subscription Term N/A 24 months (Open License program)
36 months (other Volume Licensing programs)
1 month
Licensing Terms Perpetual 1 Perpetual 1 Non-perpetual
Team Collaboration None, though creating an Azure DevOps Services account is free for 5 users Access to any Azure DevOps Services account, plus an Azure DevOps Server User CAL Access to any Azure DevOps Services account, plus a DevOps Server User GAL
Subscriber Benefits None Full Benefits None

Visual Studio Enterprise

  Standard Subscription Cloud Subscription
  Visual Studio Enterprise MSDN Monthly
Purchasing Channels Microsoft Volume Licensing Programs (resellers) Visual Studio Marketplace (requires an Azure subscription for billing) or monthly subscription via CSP
Subscription Term 24 months (Open License program)
36 months (other Volume Licensing programs)
1 month
Licensing Terms Perpetual 1 Non-perpetual
Team Collaboration Access to any AzureDevOps Services account, plus an Azure DevOps Server User CAL Access to any Azure DevOps Services account, plus an Azure DevOps Server User CAL
Subscriber Benefits Full Benefits None

1 Perpetual license terms: while all non-software benefits expire, you can continue using the software after subscription expiration (except for purchases in Enterprise Subscription Agreement, Open Value Subscription, and Campus Agreement programs)

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