CODE Magazine included in Visual Studio subscriptions

CODE Magazine is a leading independent software developer magazine covering dev technologies across all platforms. Selected Visual Studio subscriptions are eligible to receive a one-year subscription to either the printed or digital editions of the magazine.

Activation steps

The process to set up your CODE Magazine subscription is simple. Just follow these steps:

  1. Visit
  2. Locate the CODE Magazine tile in the Professional Development or Education section of your portal, and select Get Code.

    CODE Magazine Tile

  3. You see a message that your code was retrieved. Select Activate to continue. (If you're not ready to activate, that's okay. You can always go back to the tile to activate. The "Get Code" link will read "Activate" after you retrieve your code.)

    CODE Magazine code retrieved

  4. You're redirected to the CODE Magazine landing page. Select your country/region and choose how you'd like to receive the magazine.


    Visual Studio Dev Essentials members have access to the digital subscription only.

  5. Based on your selections, you see a note showing the price of your subscription along with the amount of the coupon that was applied.


    For print subscriptions:

    • Subscribers outside the United States may incur shipping charges.
    • Please allow several weeks for the delivery of your first printed edition.

    CODE Magazine subscription details

  6. Next, you need to provide your subscriber information and a delivery address. (The delivery address is required even for digital subscriptions, as it supports fulfillment, offer selection, and digital access processes.)
  7. Customers outside of the United States who chose to receive a printed magazine subscription might be asked to provide a billing address and payment information to cover the costs of shipping.
  8. You can opt in to CODE HTML Newsletter by selecting the check box.

    CODE Magazine subscriber information

  9. Select Place Order to complete your subscription. After you complete your subscription order, you see a confirmation page, including a link you can use to see which issues you received:


Subscription Level Channels Benefit Renewable?
Visual Studio Enterprise (Standard) VL, Azure, Retail Available No
Visual Studio Enterprise subscription with GitHub Enterprise VL Available No
Visual Studio Professional (Standard) VL, Azure, Retail Available No
Visual Studio Professional subscription with GitHub Enterprise VL Available No
Visual Studio Test Professional (Standard) VL, Retail Available No
MSDN Platforms (Standard) VL, Retail Available No
Visual Studio Enterprise, Visual Studio Professional (monthly cloud) Azure Not available N/A
Visual Studio Enterprise, Visual Studio Professional (annual cloud - See NOTE below) Azure Available No
Visual Studio Enterprise NFR* NFR Not available N/A

* Includes: Not for Resale (NFR), Visual Studio Industry Partner (VSIP), FTE, BizSpark, Imagine, Imagine Premium, Microsoft Cloud Partner Program, Most Valuable Professional (MVP), Regional Director (RD), MCT Software & Services Developer, MCT Software & Services.


Microsoft no longer offers Visual Studio Professional Annual subscriptions and Visual Studio Enterprise Annual subscriptions in Cloud Subscriptions. There will be no change to existing customers experience and ability to renew, increase, decrease, or cancel their subscriptions. New customers are encouraged to go to to explore different options to purchase Visual Studio.

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Frequently asked questions

Q: If the subscription is free, why am I being asked for a credit card?

A: It's cost-prohibitive to send free printed copies internationally. Subscribers who choose the print edition of CODE magazine and reside outside of the United States are charged a fee for shipping. To avoid shipping charges, choose the digital version of the magazine.

Q: Why do I need to provide a delivery address for a digital subscription?

A: CODE Magazine collects your address, regardless of whether the subscription is for a print or digital subscription to support fulfillment, offer selection, and digital access processes. For more information about what CODE Magazine does with your data, see their Privacy Policy.

Support resources

  • Have questions about your CODE Magazine subscription? Contact CODE Magazine via email or phone, or submit an online support request.
  • For assistance with sales, subscriptions, accounts, and billing for Visual Studio Subscriptions, contact Visual Studio subscriptions support.
  • Have a question about Visual Studio IDE, Azure DevOps Services or other Visual Studio products or services? Visit Visual Studio Support.

See also

Next steps

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