Partner Program

Benefits of the Visual Studio Partner Program

The Visual Studio Partner Program provides direct access to business-enhancing marketing and technical resources, previews of upcoming technologies and key integration scenarios, and support for developing products that integrate with Visual Studio, TFS, Visual Studio Team Services, Visual Studio Code, or Xamarin.

This page highlights and explains the technical and marketing benefits provided by the Visual Studio Partner Program. Whether you’re a small development shop looking to turn a service-offering into a product or you’re working at a global ISV perfecting development tools for specific markets, the benefits of Visual Studio Partner Program are designed to enhance your development efforts and business opportunities.

Program Level Requirements

Basic

  • Valid email account and Visual Studio Team Services Account
  • Profile required fields complete

Enhanced Benefit Requirements

  • Published integrated tool w/proof
  • Product(s) support the latest version of Microsoft developer products
  • All profile data complete
  • Partner can earn all Alliance level benefits (except the Visual Studio subscription) for free with a product that gets 2,500 qualified, unique VS Marketplace downloads per month.

Alliance

  • Fee - $5k/year 3 year agreement
  • Product(s) support the latest version of Microsoft developer products
  • Must sim-ship w/new versions of Microsoft developer products
  • Profile kept current
  • Invoices current

Premier

  • Fee - $10k/year 3 year agreement
  • Product(s) support the latest version of Microsoft developer products
  • Must sim-ship w/new versions of Microsoft developer products
  • Profile kept current
  • Invoices current

Program Level Benefit Comparison

The Visual Studio Partner Program has three partner levels--Basic, Alliance, and Premier. The following illustration shows an at-a-glance view of the benefits associated with each level.

Benefit Comparison Basic Alliance Premier

Visual Studio Partner Program Profile

The Visual Studio Marketplace provides a public view of Visual Studio products/extensions for developer access and download. Visual Studio Partners with a listing in the VS Marketplace will have a “Visual Studio Partner” designation next to their products in searches.

Consolidated developer SDKs for Microsoft Products

There are an increasing number of Microsoft product SDKs and accessing/managing the latest versions can be time consuming. This consolidated page provides simple at-a-glance access to each of the Microsoft product SDKs.

Visual Studio Extensibility Community on Gitter.im

Join the conversation about Visual Studio extensibility on Gitter.im. Gitter is a service that provides chat rooms for developers.

Visual Studio Team Services Jumpstart Support

Receive access to a private email alias monitored by the Microsoft Visual Studio Team Services engineering group. The support alias is specifically designated to help Visual Studio partners with scenarios and questions related to extending new features and functionality of Visual Studio Team Services.

Xamarin University – 30 days Free

Xamarin University offers mobile developers of all expertise levels the ability to hone their skills in mobile development with classes delivered by Xamarin experts. Get 30-days FREE.

Xamarin Bindings Jumpstart Kit

The Xamarin Bindings Jumpstart Kit provides the resources and insight to help you architect your native library for cross-platform development.

Visual Studio Partner Program Newsletter

The Visual Studio Partner Update is a monthly publication that provides Visual Studio-related news, Microsoft and industry event reports, partner opportunities, program benefit updates, and key actions/next steps for Visual Studio partners.

Partner Directory Listing

Visual Studio partners with a complete profile and a product will be listed in the Visual Studio Partner Directory--a public-facing view of Visual Studio partners based on their focus areas (Visual Studio, TFS, Visual Studio Team Services) and areas of expertise. The depth of partner information displayed in the Partner Directory depends on the partner level.

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Visual Studio Partner designation on the VS Marketplace

The Visual Studio Marketplace provides a public view of Visual Studio products/extensions for developer access and download. Visual Studio Partners with a listing in the VS Marketplace will have a “Visual Studio Partner” designation next to their products in searches.

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Visual Studio partner logo

License to use the exclusive Visual Studio Partner logo on your website, marketing materials, and other media collateral. A corresponding level-specific (Basic, Alliance, Premier) logo will be provided for use by all partners.

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Visual Studio Partner Developer Support

Receive ongoing Visual Studio partner developer support for questions or scenarios related to Visual Studio, TFS, or Visual Studio Team Services extensibility or developer tools. 1:1 support is provided via a dedicated, engineer-monitored support alias, quarterly partner developer update meetings, and an annual onsite 1:1 & networking meetings in Redmond. Note: Partner developer support for Basic-level members is provided via our Visual Studio extensibility room on Gitter.

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1 or 2 Visual Studio Enterprise Subscriptions ($2,999 value each)

Receive one or two Visual Studio Enterprise subscriptions annually ($2,999 value each). Alliance-level partners receive one (1) subscription and Premier-level partners receive two (2) subscriptions.

10 or 25 Visual Studio Team Services users and Test Manager extensions ($1,500/mo value)

Receive 10 or 25 Visual Studio Team Services users (up to $8/month value each) and Test Manager extensions ($52/month value each). This includes the following user capabilities: Unlimited project/repositories, Agile planning, Work item tracking, Code discussions, Work item chart viewing, Agile Portfolio Management, Team Rooms, Work item chart authoring, Request and manage feedback. Alliance-level partners receive 10 and Premier-level partners receive 25.

Xamarin Early Release Support

Submit your Xamarin-related bug or support request and receive priority support from the respective product teams.

Xamarin University Guest Lecture

Create a guest lecture for Xamarin University to showcase how your technology enhances the mobile development experience w/Xamarin. Your lecture will reach 14k+ subscribers.

Social media reciprocation

Receive a reciprocated following on Twitter and Facebook by the Visual Studio social media accounts.

Annual Visual Studio Partner Summit in Redmond

The Visual Studio Partner Summit is hosted at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond and showcases technical and marketing keynotes and session tracks from executives, top engineers, and marketers. Attendees have the opportunity to better understand Microsoft’s priorities and strategies, get an early look at future products and areas of focus, and network with the Microsoft sales teams, Visual Studio and developer teams, and other partners.

Channel 9 Video

Record a Channel 9 video episode on a relevant Channel 9 show to help evangelize your products, solutions, and Visual Studio, TFS, or VS Team Services integrations. Your interview and recording will be produced and published via an appropriate Channel 9 show.

Press Release quotes and edits from Microsoft

Submit your press release and Microsoft quote for editing, attribution, and approval by Microsoft.

Case Study

We will work with you to produce and publish internally at Microsoft or on casestudies.microsoft.com a partner or customer case study that highlight

Subscription to "Directions on Microsoft" ($1,750 value)

Receive a "Directions on Microsoft" annual subscription ($1,750 value).

Social media post

Submit content for a Facebook posting or Tweet from Visual Studio on your behalf to its 400k+ followers.


*Enhanced Basic-level benefits only available to Basic-level partners IF 1)Partner has a valid email and Visual Studio Team Services account, 2)Partner profile on Program site complete, 3)Validated product has been added to Program site and published on VS Marketplace.

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The Visual Studio Partner Program provides members with direct access to early previews, support, and extensive marketing and technical resources. Get your benefits today!

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