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Microsoft Developer Program

Unlock your potential by building and submitting apps, games, and add-ins to Microsoft storefronts. Discover how to reach more customers, improve your productivity, and promote and monetize your work.

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Frequently asked questions

  • Visual Studio provides individual developers and small teams with a best-in-class environment to design, build, and deploy apps. Another tool, Windows Dev Kit, brings the entire app development process onto one single device.
  • Follow these steps:

    1. Install a free download of Visual Studio Code here. This extensible editor for Windows, macOS, and Linux allows you to code in any programming language.
    2. Install a free download of .NET here. This open-source developer platform features tools and libraries to build any type of app.
    3. Create a free GitHub account here and get started. This is the Microsoft Developer code repository.
  • Microsoft Developer provides everything you need to develop apps for WindowsMicrosoft AzureMicrosoft Edge, and more.

    You can also learn new software skills, discover certifications, and advance your career with Microsoft Developer hands-on learning paths.

  • Microsoft Visual Web Developer was a previous version of Visual Studio, created for developing ASP.NET Web applications (also known as websites). It now exists as Visual Studio Community, a free IDE for students, open-source contributors, and individuals.

    You can compare the different editions of Visual Studio 2022 here.

    Visual Studio Code is also free to download.

  • Many Microsoft Developer tools are free to download. To install these tools, select your computer’s OS and click “download.”
  • Individual accounts cost approximately $19 USD, and company accounts cost approximately $99 USD. Price may vary depending on your location. This is a one-time registration fee and no renewal is required. Get registered and learn more about developer accounts here.
  • You'll need to sign in with a Microsoft account that you want to associate with your developer account. If you don’t already have a Microsoft account, you can get one when you start the signup process. You’ll also need to pay for the account using a Visa/Mastercard or PayPayl (in supported locations). Note that prepaid credit cards are not accepted. 

Why shop at Microsoft Store for your business

Consider us your go-to specialists for Microsoft products and services. Whether you’re a company of three or 300, our product experts can help you find the right Microsoft devices, software, and resources to meet your goals and grow your business.

Developer Tools and Resources

Discover a world of possibilities with Microsoft developer tools and resources, built specifically for technology professionals. You'll find the latest technology made for those who make technology work. Microsoft has advanced hardware and software that meets the demands of the most discriminating developers. Explore accessories, like mixed reality devices and developer kits, to take your work―and play―to the next level. Compare price points and specs on power-driven laptops and PCs. Get details on the latest programs and suites to help you build next-generation apps and games.

Market-leading hardware and software is just the beginning, though. Microsoft goes beyond simply supplying you with performance-enhancing equipment. Microsoft developer resources are designed to keep you up-to-speed in a constantly evolving industry.

Here are just a few of the many options offered:

  • Microsoft Developer Program: Use the Microsoft Developer Program to get step-by-step guidance through the process of releasing and monetizing your games and apps through the Microsoft Store.
  • Microsoft Build: Stay in the loop with keynotes, sessions and announcements from Microsoft Build.
  • Dev Collection: Grow your skill sets to really stand out at your office with training from the Dev Collective.
  • Channel 9: Get in on the conversation and hear from your peers at Channel 9, home to an always-expanding collection of content on the issues that matter most to development professionals.

Whether you are a brand new developer looking to learn or an old hat staying on top of the trends, Microsoft has all the developer tools and resources you need to keep your tech career thriving.