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Visual Studio Professional with MSDN Professional (Includes Software Assurance)


Visual Studio Professional is an integrated development environment (IDE) for individual developers and small teams. It supports development of applications for Windows, SharePoint, the cloud, or web and mobile-device platforms.

This donation provides one license and a subscription to the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN). The MSDN subscription includes a server license for Visual Studio Team Foundation Server and one CAL. See a summary of Volume Licensing Product Use Rights for specific licensing details.

Which Versions of This Software Are Available?

You can choose to download the current or previous version of the software in any language that's available through the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Centre if you request this product. You can find out which version of the software is the current one in the Microsoft Title Groups document.


Benefits for Organisations

If you have software development experience, you can use Visual Studio to:

  • Develop custom applications for use in your organization
  • Develop mobile and web applications for use by your constituents and donors


Major Capabilities

  • Use major programming languages:
    • Visual Basic, C, C++, C#, JavaScript, and F#
  • Develop for Windows 10:
    • Use default project templates that provide the files, resources, and structure for various kinds of Windows Store apps
    • Use various tools to debug, optimize, and publish apps
  • Develop for the web:
    • Edit HTML, CSS, and JavaScript in their own editors
    • Test the same page, application, or site in a variety of browsers
    • Develop web applications against a server identical to Internet Information Services (IIS)
  • Develop for the cloud:
    • Develop, deploy, and test applications and services for Windows Azure
    • Use profiling tools to identify the possible causes of poor performance
    • Use Visual Studio LightSwitch templates to implement common application logic
  • Develop for SharePoint:
    • Accelerate project development with project templates and design tools
    • Ensure that sites function correctly with testing and optimization facilities
    • Use a deployment wizard to package a SharePoint site and upload it to a web server

Free Express Editions

For organisations that do not need the full functionality of Visual Studio, Microsoft offers free, downloadable Express editions.

Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) Subscription

This version of Visual Studio includes a two-year subscription to the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN). Visit the Microsoft site to learn which MSDN benefits this product includes.

To activate the MSDN subscription, you must perform an additional step while retrieving your license keys from the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center website: click Subscriptions in the VLSC menu bar and follow the MSDN link to enter information about the subscribing user. When the process is complete, the user will receive an email with a subscriber ID and directions to the MSDN website.

Obtaining Visual Studio Professional

Installing this product requires you to download the software from the Volume Licensing Service Centre and enter a license key. You can download any available version or language for your product.

The license key allows you to install the product on as many computers as you have received licenses for. This quantity is specified in the email you receive from Connecting Up after requesting this product.

Expect two emails:

  1. When your donation request has been approved, Connecting Up will send a message to your organisation email address. This email will confirm the number of licenses you have requested and provide information about how to use the Volume Licensing Service Centre (VLSC) once Microsoft accepts your license agreement. Make sure the organisation email that is registered with Connecting Up is up-to-date. Visit My Member Profile and verify the address in your active organisation profile.
  2. Microsoft will send an email welcoming your organisation to the VLSC. This email will indicate that Microsoft has accepted your license agreement. After you receive this email, you'll be able to follow the steps in the first email you received from Connecting Up to obtain your donation through the VLSC.


Software Assurance

Under the Software Assurance program, you have the right to install any new release of products covered in the agreement during the term of your coverage.

Price: Au$80.00