Publishers can now sell any Team Services extension in the Visual Studio Marketplace. Earlier, only Microsoft extensions such as Test Manager, Visual Studio, and HockeyApp subscriptions could be sold in the Visual Studio Marketplace.
Visual Studio Marketplace now integrates with the Azure Publishing Portal, which shows a new offer type called “Visual Studio Marketplace Extensions”. With this integration, the Visual Studio Marketplace reuses existing Azure capabilities to define offers and price them, and also uses Azure’s support for handling payment and taxation across multiple countries and currencies.
As a publisher, you can define your offers, set up multiple plans, and price them in the Azure Publishing Portal.
After you push the offer to production, the extension will show 2 new buttons: Start Trial and Buy. All extensions will have a 30-day trial option.
Users can now purchase the extension using their Azure subscription.
We have partnered with two publishers, Berichthaus TfsTimetracker and Spartez Agile Cards, to convert their extensions to paid extensions. They are helping us validate the overall end-to-end experience in this workflow.
What is coming next?
· Release the paid extensions functionality to all publishers by Q4 CY2016.
· Paid extensions for Visual Studio Code and Visual Studio
· More options for publishers to offer discounts and annual subscription plans
Are you interested in publishing a paid extension to the Visual Studio Marketplace? Please fill in this survey. We’re now in a limited Beta phase where we’ll work closely with select publishers to list their paid extensions.