Visual Studio subscribers who have activated their subscription can run most subscriber software in VMs on Microsoft Azure. These cloud use rights are still limited to the design, development, testing and demonstration of your software. Cloud use rights apply to Visual Studio and all other software included in the user’s Visual Studio subscription, but not to Windows client and Windows Server. Also, a Remote Desktop Services (RDS) client access license is not required to access Azure VMs for development and testing.
Activating the Visual Studio subscription means associating the licensed user’s Microsoft account or Work or Student account login with the Visual Studio subscription. Activation is required in order to gain access to subscriber benefits including Subscriber Downloads, monthly Azure credits, and more.
Visual Studio subscribers can run Windows Server or Windows client VMs where these are offered but must pay the fees associated with running these VMs since Windows Server and Windows client are not included as part of Visual Studio subscriber cloud use rights. Windows Server VMs are available through Azure and many other providers. Windows client VMs are exclusively available to active Visual Studio subscribers (all standard subscriptions, plus annual cloud subscriptions) on Azure, and only through the monthly Azure credits for Visual Studio subscribers, or team Azure subscriptions set up using the Dev/Test Pay-As-You-Go offer or Enterprise Dev/Test offer.
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