How to Share a Desktop or Program in MS Teams?

How to Share a Desktop or Program in MS Teams

  1. In a call or meeting and without call; move your mouse across the window to display the Call Options.
  2. Select the Share Desktop
  3. You will be prompted to choose one of your screens/desktops or windows/programs to share.
  4. Click on the desired content you’d like to share.
  5. If you’re sharing a screen, your entire desktop will be shared, and the shared area will be outlined in red.
  6. If you’re sharing a program, only that program will be shared, and just that program will be outlined in red. As you change the size of this window, the red outline will change with it. Anything that appears over the shared program—whether a notification popping up or an application you drag over—will show up as a grey box to everyone else in the call.
  7. To stop sharing, choose the Stop Sharing icon in the Call Options Window.

Outlook Email Hacks To Increase Your Productivity

If you’ve ever worked for an enterprise-size organization or an established business, you’ve likely encountered Microsoft Outlook.

This quintessential email experience has been king in the business world for a long time, especially since it’s typically bundled with other Microsoft Office applications.

While it is a robust solution, it isn’t always the easiest to navigate quickly and efficiently. And, if you rely on Outlook for the majority of your business communications, wasted time can cost you big.

Luckily, there are ways to make Outlook work for you. Here are 11 productivity hacks you may not know about that can get you started.


1. Recover Deleted Items


Have you ever experienced the terror associated with permanently deleting an Outlook item that you didn’t mean to send into the abyss?

Now, most users know how to recover an email or appointment that has just been transferred to the trash folder, but did you know you can recover messages that have been truly deleted too?

If you have a Microsoft Exchange account, there is still hope; it is possible to get these emails back, as they often still reside on the server.

See how it’s done here: Recover Deleted Items


2. Recall an Email


At some point in your professional life, you’re probably going to send an email to someone you didn’t intend, for example, if you hit the Reply All button instead of Reply by mistake.

When (not if) this happens, it’s easy to panic. But all is not lost! You can pull the email back from the ether before the person has a chance to read it.

You can learn more about how to recall an email in Outlook here: Recall an Email

3. Delayed Email Delivery


Sometimes, you need an email to be delivered at just the right moment. You have two choices: Set a reminder or try to remember to send it at the right time; or let Delay Delivery save the day.

Delay Delivery allows you to select a time in the future for the message to actually arrive in the other person’s inbox, so you can send it now and know it will show up when the time is right.

You can learn more about delayed email delivery in Outlook here: Delay or Schedule Sending Email Messages


4. Track Public Holidays


Trying to remember when public holidays occur isn’t always easy. (What? You don’t have Columbus Day memorized?) Luckily, Microsoft Outlook can help you out.

The software has holiday calendars for dozens of countries, letting you track your own as well as those of your international clients. Now you don’t have to worry about forgetting you have a day off, that your children won’t be in school, or that your worldly business partners won’t be available.

Adding this information is easy. Check out the instructions here: Add Holidays to Calendars


5. Multiple Time Zones


Another feature that works great for distributed teams and anyone who does business with people in other areas is the ability to see multiple time zones on your calendar. This makes scheduling mutual appointments a breeze and helps to ensure you aren’t inadvertently interrupting someone’s dinner (or sleep) with a surprise conference call or meeting.

For simple instructions, look here: Add, Change or Remove Time Zones


6. Color Coding


Let’s face facts; it’s nice when emails from your boss or an important client stand out from the rows of digital newsletters and basic communications.

While you do have the option to flag these items manually, you can save yourself a lot of time by setting up Conditional Formatting that does the work for you. Simply define the rules and let your email and calendar items shine like a majestic rainbow-colored unicorn all on their own.

You can change the font, too. So, if seeing your manager’s messages in Comic Sans tickles your funny bone, you might be able to do just that.

Learn how to get it done here: Conditional Formatting


7. Delay Marking Emails as Read


While some people think the way Outlook marks emails as read is convenient, it can actually be a pain in the you-know-what if you’re going through your messages quickly.

Just clicking through an email marks it as having been read, and that isn’t ideal if you opened it by accident or need to remember to get back to it later.

Luckily, there is an option to stop Outlook from assuming you want the message marked as read so quickly. You can set a delay so that only messages that are viewed for a specific amount of time (like 30 seconds) automatically get marked.


You can learn how to do it here: Delay Marking as Read


8. Ignore Conversation


Have you ever ended up in an email string that had nothing to do with you? Maybe someone mistyped the email address of someone who really needed to be involved or just assumed you wanted to take part.

Regardless of the reason, you may soon be bombarded again, thanks to the handy-dandy Reply All option, and getting everyone to remove your name might not be plausible.

But there’s no need to fret! You aren’t doomed to have to deal with the messages. Instead, you can ignore the conversation, keeping the messages out of your inbox and safely transferred to your Deleted Items folder.

Look here to see how to make this a reality: Ignore Conversation


9. Keyboard Shortcuts


All Microsoft Office programs have a substantial list of keyboard shortcuts. Learning these can save you a lot of time, especially since you won’t have to switch between the keyboard and mouse/touchscreen/touchpad to get common tasks done.


You can see a full list of available keyboard shortcuts here: Keyboard Shortcuts


10. Quick Steps


If the standard keyboard shortcuts don’t meet all of your needs, you can turn to Quick Steps to help you work more efficiently. These customizable actions allow you to perform multiple actions with a single button click, making repetitive tasks a breeze.

Get started with Quick Steps here: Quick Steps


11. Quick Parts


For Outlook users who frequently type certain phrases think marketing and sale pitch lines or reminding employees to clean out the fridge on Fridays), rekeying them again and again can be frustrating.

Quick Parts lets you skip the tedium by creating saved files that store the text and then can be called on whenever you need them. Whenever you start to type one of the phrases, Outlook will automatically offer to fill in the rest for you. You can also access it on demand through the Quick Parts drop-down menu.


Microsoft Teams With Office 365!!

Microsoft Teams brings together the full breadth and depth of Office 365, to provide a true chat-based hub for teamwork and give customers the opportunity to create a more open, fluid, and digital environment. Microsoft Teams is built on existing Microsoft technologies woven together by Office 365 Groups.

  • Leveraged by users and teams who are looking to collaborate in real-time with the same group of people.

  • Helps teams looking to iterate quickly on a project while sharing files and collaborating on shared deliverables.

  • Allows users to connect a wide range of tools into their workspace (such as Planner, Power BI, GitHub, etc.).


Office 365 licensing for Microsoft Teams

The following Office 365 subscriptions enable users for Teams.

Small Business Plans Enterprise Plans Education Plans Developer Plans
Office 365 Business Essentials Office 365 Enterprise E1 Office 365 Education Office 365 Developer
Office 365 Business Premium Office 365 Enterprise E3 Office 365 Education Plus  
Office 365 Enterprise F1 Office 365 Enterprise E4 (retired) Office 365 Education E3 (retired)  
  Office 365 Enterprise E5 Office 365 Education E5  

Describes some of the limits, specifications, and other requirements that apply to Microsoft Teams.

Feature Maximum limit
Number of teams a user can create 250
Number of members in a team 2,500
Number of teams a global admin can create Unlimited
Number of teams an Office 365 tenant can have 500,000
Number of channels per team 200
Meetings and calls   
Feature Maximum limit
Number of people in a meeting 80
Number of people in a private chat 20


Users who participate in conversations that are part of the Chat list in Microsoft Teams must have an Exchange Online (cloud-based) mailbox for an admin to search chat conversations. That’s because conversations that are part of the Chat list are stored in the cloud-based mailboxes of the chat participants.

Microsoft Teams chat function works on a Microsoft Exchange back end, so you can apply the Exchange messaging limits to the chat function within Microsoft Teams

Feature Office 365 Enterprise E1 Office 365 Enterprise E3 Office 365 Enterprise E5 Office 365 Enterprise F1
Message size limit † 25 KB 25 KB 25 KB 25 KB
File attachments limit ‡ 20 20 20 20
Inline images limit ‡ 50 50 50 50

† If the message exceeds this limit, a preview message is generated and the user is asked to view/download the original email from the link provided.

‡ If the number of attachments or images exceeds this limit, the message will not be processed and an NDR e-mail will be sent back to the sender notifying them of the error.


Each team in Microsoft Teams has a team site in SharePoint Online, and each channel in a team gets a folder within the default team site document library. Files shared within a conversation are automatically added to the document library, and permissions and file security options set in SharePoint are automatically reflected within Teams.

If you don’t have SharePoint Online enabled in your tenant, Microsoft Teams users cannot always share files in teams. Users in private chat also cannot share files because One Drive for Business (which is tied to the SharePoint license) is required for that functionality. 

Because Teams runs on a SharePoint Online back end for file sharing, SharePoint limitations apply to the Files section within a Team. Here are the applicable storage limits for SharePoint Online.

Feature Office 365 Business Essentials Office 365 Business Premium Office 365 Enterprise E1 Office 365 Enterprise E3 Office 365 Enterprise E5 Office 365 Enterprise F1
Storage 1 TB per organization plus 0.5 GB per license purchased 1 TB per organization plus 0.5 GB per license purchased 1 TB per organization plus 0.5 GB per license purchased 1 TB per organization plus 0.5 GB per license purchased 1 TB per organization plus 0.5 GB per license purchased 1 TB per organization
Storage for Teams Files Up to 25 TB per site collection or group Up to 25 TB per site collection or group Up to 25 TB per site collection or group Up to 25 TB per site collection or group Up to 25 TB per site collection or group Up to 25 TB per site collection or group
File upload limit 15 GB 15 GB 15 GB 15 GB 15 GB 15 GB


Teams supports the following internet browsers.

Browser Notes
Internet Explorer 11  
Microsoft Edge Calling and Meetings supported on Edge RS2 or later
Chrome, the latest version plus two previous versions Meetings supported on Chrome 59 or later
Calling support coming soon
Firefox, the latest version plus two previous versions  

The new Azure AD Admin Console is Generally Available!


Today is a big day for Microsoft customers. Microsoft incredibly excited to announce that the Azure Active Directory Admin Console (in the new Azure portal) is now Generally Available!

Last September, Microsoft kicked off the public preview of our new console at and since over 750k admins from 500k organizations have tried it out. 

This has been a huge effort across the entire Identity Division and we are looking forward to having you use it.


Give it a try at 


As Microsoft migrated the admin console to the new Azure portal, we began by listening to you, our customers. You told us you wanted a better view into your organization. To easily understand what kind of activity was occurring. To be able to quickly figure out what information was available. To understand who had access to what and to understand how and when users were granted access.

Based on that feedback, we designed the new experience to:

  • Be simple and optimized for getting work done.
  • Provide insight to help you make the right decisions.
  • Give you easy access to information.
  • Give you information you didn’t previously have.
  • Enable you to dig into all the nitty gritty details.




Know Your Organization

The new experience begins with our brand-new landing page and dashboard. This scoped version of the Azure portal is new for our GA release and is available at Here we focus purely on directory functionality and provide access to all Azure Active Directory features.

From this dashboard, you can get an overview of the state of your organization, and easily dive into managing the directory, users, or application access.

Understand access

Understanding what a user has access to, and when and how that access was granted, is essential for managing and securing your organization. A key part of our experience is the holistic view of access that we provide, pivoted on a user. From this view you can see the groups that user is a member of, what role they have, what licenses have been assigned, and their Azure resources.

New in this GA release is the view of what applications a user has access to, either assigned or consented. This is a ground-breaking new view of directory information, and we will dig into it further in a future blog post.

                                                                                           All the applications a user has access to


New feature: Office 365 Advanced eDiscovery Optical Character Recognition

Keeping your Business Email Safe with Microsoft Exchange

New feature: Office 365 Advanced eDiscovery Optical Character Recognition

Published On: May 8, 2017

Expires On: June 8, 2017

Advanced eDiscovery Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is a new Office 365 feature. You can begin using this feature today.

Advanced eDiscovery Optical Character Recognition (OCR) enables the extraction of text from images. OCR is supported for loose files, email attachments, and embedded images. This feature allows the powerful text analytic capabilities of Advanced eDiscovery; including near-duplicates, email threading, themes, and predictive coding to be applied to image files.


NOTE: Advanced eDiscovery requires an Office 365 E5 subscription for your organization. If you don’t have that plan and want to try Advanced eDiscovery, you can sign up for a trial of Office 365 Enterprise E5.


What do I need to do to prepare for this change?


With Advanced eDiscovery, you can better understand your Office 365 data and reduce your eDiscovery costs. Advanced eDiscovery helps you analyze unstructured data within Office 365, perform more efficient document review, and make decisions to reduce data for eDiscovery. You can work with data stored in Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, Skype for Business, Office 365 Groups, and Microsoft Teams. You can perform an eDiscovery search in the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center to search for content in groups, individual mailboxes and sites, and then analyze the search results with Advanced eDiscovery. Note that when you prepare search results for analysis in Advanced eDiscovery, Optical Character Recognition enables the extraction of text from images. This feature allows the powerful text analytic capabilities of Advanced eDiscovery to be applied to image files.

Advanced eDiscovery streamlines and speeds up the document review process by identifying redundant information with features like Near-duplicates detection and Email Thread analysis. The Relevance feature applies predictive coding technology to identify relevant documents. Advanced eDiscovery learns from your tagging decisions on sample documents and applies statistical and self-learning techniques to calculate the relevance of each document in the data set. This enables you to focus on key documents, make quick yet informed decisions on case strategy, cull data, and prioritize review.


Why advanced eDiscovery? 

Office 365 Advanced eDiscovery builds on the existing set of eDiscovery capabilities in Office 365. For example, you can use the Search feature in the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center to perform an initial search of all the content sources in your organization to identify and collect the data that may be relevant to a specific legal case. Then you can perform analysis on that data by applying the text analytics, machine learning, and the Relevance/predictive coding capabilities of Advanced eDiscovery. This can help your organization quickly process thousands of email messages, documents, and other kinds of data to find those items that are most likely relevant to a specific case. The reduced data set can then be exported out of Office 365 for further review.


The following topics describe the setup and use of Advanced eDiscovery modules and features:


  • Quick setup for Advanced eDiscovery: Helps you to get started with Advanced eDiscovery.
  • Running the Advanced eDiscovery Process module: Enables the preparation of files from specified data sources.
  • Analyzing case data with Advanced eDiscovery: Allows identification and grouping of Near-duplicate files and hierarchically structured groups of Email Threads.
  • Managing Advanced eDiscovery Relevance setup: Allows the definition of parameters for Relevance processing.
  • Using the Advanced eDiscovery Relevance module: Identifies and ranks files by Relevance scores, which assists with early case assessment, document culling, and review.

Updated Feature: OneDrive and SharePoint Online sharing experience

Updated Feature: OneDrive and SharePoint Online sharing experience

Published On: May 8, 2017

Expires On: September 30, 2017

We’ve improved the sharing UI on the OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online websites and sync clients to provide easier collaboration, better usability and improved security. We’ve also overhauled the sharing dialog in both OneDrive and SharePoint and replaced it with a single control that will be available to users in the web and in the OneDrive sync client.

What do I need to do to prepare for this change?

New OneDrive and SharePoint sharing experience

Applies To: SharePoint Online OneDrive for Business

We’ve improved the sharing UI on the OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online websites and sync clients to provide easier collaboration and better security. We have made some changes which improve usability.



Share command   

The Share command now sends shareable links by default rather than granting permissions to specific people like the old Invite people tab. This better matches user expectations that links sent in email can be forwarded to others by default. In other words, Share does the same thing as Copy link except it enables users to send the link immediately to recipients via email.

Both the Share and Copy link commands are now default to the same permissions and use the same link settings.

Link types   

Users can change settings on sharing links to one of three possible permission levels:

  • Anyone with this link:A shareable link that can be sent to others. It behaves like email. You can forward it to others or add people to the thread and it will work. This option does not require recipients to sign-in and hence is the most convenient for recipients. Use this for sharing content that can be freely shared with others, including people outside your tenant.
  • Only people in [tenant]: Users who open the link must sign-in or be signed-in to a non-guest account in the tenant. It behaves like email with restrictions on it. You can forward it to others or add people to the thread, as long as the people added are inside your tenant. If any external user gets a hold of the link, they will not be able to use it. Use this for sharing internal-only content.
  • Specific people: Grant permission only to the people you list. The link will only work for those people (and others who already have access to the item). If recipients want to send this link to anyone else, they need to ensure those recipients have been granted permission to the resource, otherwise the link won’t work. This option produces behavior similar to the “Invite people” tab in the old sharing UI.

Tenant admins who wish to change the default link permission can do so in the OneDrive Admin Center and the SharePoint Admin Center.

Users who want to explicitly grant permissions to an item without sending a link can do so by selecting “Manage access” and then selecting “Add people”. For example, if a user wishes to make sure that a folder can be accessed by an entire division, they may want to grant access here rather than send a sharing email to the entire division.

The new sharing UI will be rolling out in late Spring on the following endpoints:

OneDrive for Business on the web

SharePoint Online document libraries on the web

Windows File Explorer context menu for sync’ed files (“Share” command)

macOS Finder context menu for sync’ed files (“Share” command)

Keeping your Business Email Safe with Microsoft Exchange

Keeping your Business Email Safe with Microsoft Exchange


You may have already heard of Microsoft’s Online Exchange, but you might not be aware of how good it can be in terms of security.

As a business, you’ll want to ensure that all your emails, your contact information and your files are all completely safe and protected when stored on cloud software, so let’s take a closer look at how Microsoft Exchange has your best interests in mind.


Anti-Malware and Virus Protection through Microsoft Exchange Online Protection

If you’re worried about malware finding its way onto your computer via the cloud, you’ll be glad to know that anti-malware protection is included in the cost of Microsoft Online Exchange.

To set it up, all you need to do is select your chosen malware filter settings by going to the Exchange Admin Centre (EAC). From here, you’ll be able to use mail flow rules to block certain extensions commonly associated with malware, or files that contain particular words or phrases. You may even choose to block all messages and emails that contain executable files – as these are usually the cause of malware transmission.

Additionally, Microsoft Exchange Online Protection includes multiple scan engines designed to protect against malware – Covering both known and unknown threats. These layered defences ensure that you’re far less likely to inadvertently receive malware through your inbox and has been proven to be more powerful in terms of protection than a single layer engine.

The reason Microsoft Exchange can provide such a strong level of protection is down to the fact Microsoft works closely with anti-malware engineers, who strive to develop malware identification and patches before any harm can be done.


Advanced Threat Protection

Another way to ensure you’re as safe as possible when using the cloud is to purchase Microsoft Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection. This is an add-on service that’s available to select users of Microsoft Exchange and/or Office 365. It protects against advanced threats, staying up to date on new malware campaigns and viruses that appear on a daily basis.

The feature works in real-time to update against these sophisticated new attacks, so use it if you want to be absolutely certain you’re safe at all times.

While many people take chances with their online safety and end up just fine, is it really worth the risk? When using software for business, we strongly recommend choosing the products with the best levels of security to ensure that your personal information is well protected.


If you don’t yet have Microsoft Exchange, consider purchasing it from We offer both Plan 1 and Plan 2, as well as Microsoft Exchange Kiosk, so you’ll have everything you need to get started with professional quality email storage for your business.


If there’s anything at all you’d like to know about Microsoft Exchange before buying, don’t hesitate to get in touch as we’ll be happy to help you choose your ideal product.



Business Plans Enterprise Plans
Plans 300 User Maximum Unlimited Users | Advanced Features
  Business   Business Enterprise Enterprise Enterprise 
  Essentials Business Premium E1 ProPlus E3
  Email Office 2016 Email + Office 2016 Email Office 2016 Email + Office 2016
  Exchange email, instant messaging, SharePoint and online versions of Office Full desktop, online and mobile versions of Office pro All the features in our Business Essentials and Business plans Exchange email, instant messaging, SharePoint and online versions of Office Full desktop, online and mobile versions of Office All features from E1 and ProPlus, plus advanced Enterprise tools
Maximum Users per Plan 300 300 300 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Microsoft Office 365 Features
Fully installed Office applications
Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, MS Access One Note— on up to 5 PCs or Macs per user
Microsoft Publisher and Access are only available on Windows devices
One Drive Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes                       Unlimited Storage
1 TB file storage per user
Office 2016 on tablets and phones    Yes yes   yes yes
For the full Office experience on mobile devices
Exchange  Yes   yes yes   yes
Business class email, contacts, calendar and 50 GB mailboxes
SharePoint and Skype for Business Yes   yes yes   yes
Team sites, online meetings, chat, voice and video calls
Online versions of Office 2016 Yes Yes yes Yes yes yes
Including Word, Excel and PowerPoint
Advanced Features/Benefits
Yammer yes   yes yes   yes
Corporate social network to help employees collaborate across departments and locations
Delve       yes   yes
Personalized search and discovery across Office 365
Active Directory Integration yes Yes yes Yes yes yes
Compliance           yes
Native Archiving, eDiscovery and mailbox holds
Azure Rights Management Optional Optional Optional Optional Optional yes
Message encryption, Information Rights Management, Data Loss Prevention
Enterprise Management        yes   yes
of apps with Group Policy, Telemetry, Shared Computer Activation
Advanced Skype for Business       yes   yes
Meetings broadcast on the Internet to up to 10,000 people who can attend in a browser on nearly any device
Intranet site for your teams        yes    yes
With customizable security settings  

5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Microsoft Office

With almost any software or app, most of its users will download it with only its advertised purpose in mind. But you may not know that the programs you’re using on a regular basis can do a lot more than you realise.

As an example, let’s take a look at Microsoft Office. While it may be perfect for typing up documents or putting together spreadsheets, it’s so much more than just a word processor and calculator. Take a look at what else it can do!


1. Search in Context with Insights

Context can be key – as you’ve probably realised when searching for one thing and being presented with results for something that’s spelt the same but means something else entirely.

Office Insights will search for information within your Office window, whilst be basing its search and results on the rest of your content in order to present you with the most relevant, contextual results.


2. Calculate Numbers – in Microsoft Word

When you think of calculations, Microsoft Excel is probably the first Office program to come to mind. But Microsoft Word has its own calculator too!

Click on ‘File’, ‘Options’, then ‘Quick Access Toolbar’. Select the ‘All Commands’ drop down menu and press ‘Calculate Command’ to add it to your Quick Access Toolbar.

Basic mathematical functions can then be easily accessed within Word. Simply type an arithmetic expression, highlight it and press the ‘Calculate’ button. You’ll then be informed of its answer.


3. Show Off your Presentations in High Definition

PowerPoint is better than ever and is now compatible with HD! Just go to ‘Ribbon’, ‘Design’, ‘Slide Size’ and finally ‘Custom Slide Size’, then set your slide size to ‘On-screen Show (16:9).

Then, go to ‘Slideshow’ and ‘Set Up Slideshow’. From here, You can select ‘Primary Monitors’ from the multiple monitors dropdown. Select the correct resolution and click okay, then your new settings will be applied to your content for high-quality viewing on HD monitors.


4. Get Organised with Planner

As of June 2016, Office users can now access the Planner feature. It’s a way to organise your tasks, plans, assignments, collaborations and due dates – as well as adding other Office users to view the same information. It’s an excellent feature to use alone, or together!


5. Make Your Office Suite Speak

If you’re a fan of ‘talking’ features or even find it easier to work with text to speak, you can use ‘Speak’ to play back your content and talk out loud.

The office has TTS engines preinstalled that generate the speech based on what you’ve written. This works with Word, Powerpoint, OneNote and Outlook and can be accessed via the Quick Access Toolbar. When you see ‘Choose commands from:’ simply scroll down the drop down menu and select ‘Speak’.

Then, all you need to do is highlight the text you want to hear and press the Speak button. Simple!

If you haven’t spotted any of these fun and helpful tricks before, there’s no time like the present to check them out and start using them!


These aren’t even all the cool additional features in Microsoft Office – so if you don’t already have it, why not consider subscribing to Office 365 today and seeing what you’re able to do?

We’ll be ready and waiting to give you a hand whenever you’re ready to purchase!


Visual Studio cloud subscription & benefits!!

Visual Studio cloud subscription:Gain the flexibility to choose the duration of your Visual Studio IDE license, plus access to comprehensive benefits when you select an annual commitment. Visual Studio subscriptions are available through the Visual Studio Marketplace.

The following benefits are available depending on the subscription you choose.

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Visual Studio Professional with MSDN 
and Visual Studio Professional – annual

Visual Studio Enterprise with MSDN 
and Visual Studio Enterprise – annual

Visual Studio Test Professional with MSDN

MSDN Platforms

Visual Studio Dev Essentials

Free for all developers 1



Visual Studio edition 2



Test Professional


Xamarin Studio 3

 yes  yes    

Xamarin Test Cloud discount 4


Team Foundation Server license

 yes  yes  yes  yes

Team Foundation Server user CAL

 yes  yes  yes  yes

Can be added to unlimited number of Visual Studio Team Services accounts for free

 yes  yes  yes  yes

Additional Visual Studio Team Services extensions: Test Manager

   yes  yes  yes

Microsoft Azure monthly credit for dev/test 5

$50 month

$150 month

$50 month

$100 month

Microsoft Azure pay-as-you-go dev/test subscriptions 5

 yes  yes  yes  yes

Windows developer account

 yes  yes  yes  

Office 365 Developer Subscription


Power BI Pro

   yes    yes

eDevTech SmartOffice4TFS and inteGREAT4TFS 6


Software for development and test


Windows & Windows Server

 yes  yes  yes  yes

Windows Embedded

 yes  yes  yes  yes

SQL Server



   yes    yes


   yes    yes


   yes    yes

All other servers

   yes    yes

Office Professional Plus (dev/test & production use)




Pluralsight training 7

30 courses

45 courses

30 courses

45 courses

Xamarin University On-Demand 8

 yes  yes    

Microsoft E-Learning course collections (per year)







Technical support incidents





Priority support in select MSDN forums

 yes  yes  yes  yes

Priority support in select TechNet forums


Online Chat 9

 yes  yes  yes yes