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Selected Visual Studio Professional or Enterprise standard subscriptions will now have access to the Microsoft 365 benefit as long as their subscriptions are active.
What is different about E5 vs E3?
The Microsoft 365 E5 developer subscription offers new value and expanded access to critical Microsoft 365 workloads and capabilities. Developers with Microsoft 365 E5 sandbox subscriptions can get everything they enjoyed in E3 plus can take advantage of:
Advanced analytics with Power BI
Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) for compliance and information protection
Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection
Azure Active Directory for building advanced identity and access management solutions
Locate the Microsoft 365 benefit tile in the "Tools" category, and click on Activate.
On the Program Preferences screen, fill out the various fields to indicate your preferences and areas of interest. When you're finished, click Activate subscription.
In the Set up your developer subscription dialog, choose your country, create your username and domain, and set your password. Then click Continue.
Specify your country code a phone number that supports SMS messages, and click Send Code. You'll receive a code via an SMS message.
Enter the code you received in the text message and click Set up.