Tip: Download Visual Studio 2017 and Get 60 Days of Xamarin University for Free

Tip: Download Visual Studio 2017 and Get 60-Days of Xamarin University for Free

As you probably heard, Microsoft launched Visual Studio 2017 yesterday. But as an added bonus, anyone who downloads the suite will also get a 60-day trial of Xamarin University. This is worth doing.

You’ll see the Xamarin University offer when you download any version of Visual Studio. (It’s not clear when this offer ends, if ever.)

So what is Xamarin University, exactly? As its website notes, Xamarin University provides unlimited access to almost 70 classes offered across 8 learning tracks, all led by mobile experts. These classes can happen live, in real time—in your time zone and on your schedule—or you can access pre-recorded self-guided learning courses instead.

The free 60-day trial you get with a Visual Studio 2017 download provides access to Xamarin University’s self-guided learning, lightning lectures, guest lectures, and two introductory courses that will count towards a Xamarin Mobile Developer certification.

You’ll need to create a Xamarin account (or sign-in to an existing account) to take advantage of the offer, and the 60-day trial starts as soon as you do so.

Go for it. These courses look great. And the normal cost of Xamarin Studio is $999 for an annual subscription. So this offer is valued at about $167.


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  • michael.dice

    Premium Member
    08 March, 2017 - 10:59 am

    <p>Download Visual Studio 2017 by March 14, and get 60 days of Xamarin University (online training) for free!</p>

  • Saeed212

    08 March, 2017 - 12:36 pm

    <p>After I get the free trail can Any one can provide a good classes for universal mobile app ?</p>

    • Matt Goldman

      08 March, 2017 - 4:09 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#89215"><em>In reply to Saeed212:</em></a></blockquote><p>You can use Google to find heaps of Xamarin courses and tutorials. There are also some relatively inexpesnive (if out of date) available on the likes of Udemy, StackSkills, etc. But be warned, Xamarin is not, by any stretch of the imagination, for beginners. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jYPp9w-0Uk&quot; target="_blank">This gives you an example of what trying to learn Xamarin looks like.</a></p><p>And this will give you some indication of how you will spend your time:</p><p><img src="http://i.imgur.com/JzDBkEA.png"></p&gt;

      • Salvador Jesús Romero Castellano

        08 March, 2017 - 4:55 pm

        <blockquote><a href="#89258"><em>In reply to Matt Goldman:</em></a></blockquote><p> That is very discouraging :(. Do you think it is even worth to learn it?</p>

        • jimchamplin

          Premium Member
          08 March, 2017 - 10:27 pm

          <blockquote><em><a href="#89277">In reply to Salvador Jesús Romero Castellano:</a></em></blockquote><p>From everything I've seen, Xamarin is very "open sourcey." That is, fiddly and overly complicated because why not? It's not like people are trying to use it to get things done. </p>

  • mattd73uk

    08 March, 2017 - 5:52 pm

    <p>Hi, I have downloaded VS '17, but cannot see the "Congratulations" message displayed above. How do I get to it/access my 60 day Xam U. trial?</p><p>Thanks</p><p>Matt</p>

    • jgnetworksecurity

      09 March, 2017 - 3:58 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#89282">In reply to mattd73uk:</a></em></blockquote><p>Hey Matt just sign up for visual studio dev essentials and you will get that plus lots of more trials, pluralsight, and wintellect now trials as well.</p>

  • Chris

    Premium Member
    09 March, 2017 - 12:28 am

    <p>I saw that yesterday, when I got the email from Microsoft about the release of VS 2017. I signed up straight away, and I'm intending on having a look at the courses tonight. Seems like a nice trial offer.</p>


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