Visual Studio 2015 is here for students!

Published 01-08-2019 05:22 PM 1,076 Views
First published on MSDN on Jul 20, 2015

John Scott Tynes

Visual Studio Community 2015 is the new version of Microsoft’s flagship coding tool – or as the pro devs say, “integrated development environment.” I’d say it’s a tricked-out street racer for hackers with a lot of horses under the hood.

This new release is incredibly powerful and completely free. With VS2015 you can code websites, apps, and much more and deploy your projects to Windows 10, iOS and Android.

I’m especially excited about this release because it introduces full compatibility with our free Azure student subscription , which gives any student the ability to publish websites and web apps to the cloud at no cost and with no credit card required. If you’ve been experimenting with our Azure offer, you probably know that Visual Studio 2013 wasn’t fully compatible . Well, that’s fixed now and you can really light up the cloud with this new release!

How to Get Visual Studio Community 2015

Want to get started? It all begins right here with this free download:

But don’t stop there! After you’ve installed VSC2015, you also need to grab the Azure SDK for .NET 2.7:

Run that installer and you’ll be all set.

Connecting to your Azure Student Subscription

If you’ve already activated your free Azure student subscription , just sign in to Visual Studio Community 2015 with the same Microsoft Account you use for Azure and you’ll be set.

Sign in here in the upper-right corner of Visual Studio Community 2015:

And then you’ll find your Azure subscription in the Cloud Explorer, which you can open by going to the menu and clicking View / Other Windows / Cloud Explorer :

And just like that, you’ll see your existing Azure subscription in Cloud Explorer:

What if you don’t have Azure yet?

No problem! All students can get Microsoft Azure for free with no credit card required. You’ll just need to verify your student enrollment status with us at

  1. Go to the Azure page at

  2. Sign in or create your DreamSpark Account

  3. Register for Azure

Ready to Code for the Cloud?

With Visual Studio Community 2015, the Azure SDK 2.7, and the Azure student subscription you are ready to code for the cloud! What are you waiting for? It’s all free, it’s all available, and it’s the future of computing. Have fun!

John Scott Tynes
Microsoft Imagine Program Lead

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