No, this isn’t an April fools joke. Microsoft announced today at the Build conference that they’ve made SQL Server 2014 (and 2016 when it ships) Developer Edition completely free to download for anyone who’s a member of the free Visual Studio Dev Essentials community. The idea is to make it easier for developers to work with SQL Server for their application.

Now that in itself is cool, as it saves $59.95 per Developer Edition license (today’s price on the Microsoft Store), but they’re also throwing in a six-month, completely unlimited subscription to Pluralsight (where we have 140 hours of SQL Server training). That’s worth 6 x $29 = $174 at today’s prices. When they run out of six-month subscriptions, they’ll be giving out three-month subscriptions.

With more than 4,500 courses online to learn from, how can you beat free?

Check out the Visual Studio page to sign up – first come, first served on the six-month subscriptions!