Build and launch your game in the cloud with your Azure free account

Get started with 12 months of free services

What do I get?

With your Azure free account, you get all of this—and you won’t be charged until you choose to upgrade.

12 months

of popular free services

+

$200 credit

to explore any Azure service for 30 days

$200 credit

to explore any Azure service for 30 days

+

Always free

25+ services

What can I do with my free account?

Here are just a few ideas of all you can do with Azure

Scale on demand

Run 20 million event-driven serverless game functions that take less than five seconds to execute on 128 MB of memory or less. Store up to 100 GB of game data with seven days of backup retention.

Create immersive experiences

Transfer 250 GB in general large file delivery like map packs, downloadable content, and game updates to each of the five main Microsoft content delivery network regions.

Engage your player base

Send 11 million push notifications to 10 million active devices.

Which products are free for 12 months?

These popular products are free each month for 12 months

Azure Cosmos DB

DATABASES

5 GB

400 requests units

Build and scale your application with a globally distributed, multi-model database service.

Blob Storage

STORAGE

5 GB

LRS hot block

Use massively scalable object storage for any type of unstructured data.

Bandwidth (Data Transfer)

NETWORKING

15 GB

outbound

Transfer data inbound and outbound through our robust network of global data centers.

File Storage

STORAGE

5 GB

LRS File Storage

Migrate to simple, distributed, cross-platform file storage without changing code.

Windows Virtual Machines

COMPUTE

750 hours

B1S VM

Create Windows virtual machines with on-demand capacity in seconds.

Linux Virtual Machines

COMPUTE

750 hours

B1S VM

Create Linux virtual machines with on-demand capacity in seconds.

Managed Disks

STORAGE

64 GB x 2

2 P6 SDDs

Get premium, secured disk storage for Azure Virtual Machines with simplified management.

SQL Database

DATABASES

250 GB

Create a SQL Database that delivers intelligence built-in.

Which products are always free?

These products—including serverless, containers, and artificial intelligence—are always free

Active Directory B2C

IDENTITY

50,000

authentications per month

Enable customer identity and access management in the cloud.

Advisor

MANAGEMENT AND GOVERNANCE

Unlimited

Get personalized recommendations to Azure best practices.

App Service

COMPUTE

10

web, mobile, or API apps

Quickly create powerful apps for any platform or device using your choice of tools including Node.js and PHP.

Automation

MANAGEMENT AND GOVERNANCE

500 minutes

of job runtime

Simplify cloud management with process automation.

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)

AI + MACHINE LEARNING

Free

Deploy and manage containers using the tools you choose.

Batch

COMPUTE

Free

Scale your application in the cloud with job orchestration and scheduling for HPC applications.

What else do I need to know?

Do I pay anything to start with the Azure free account?

No. Starting is free, plus you get a $200 credit you can spend during the first 30 days.

What happens once I use my $200 free credit or I’m at the end of 30 days?

We’ll notify you so you can decide if you want to upgrade to pay-as-you-go pricing and remove the spending limit. If you do, you’ll have access to all the free products. If you don’t, your account and products will be disabled, and you'll need to upgrade to resume usage.

What happens at the end of the 12 months of free products?

For 12 months after you upgrade your account, certain amounts of popular products for compute, networking, storage, and databases are free. After 12 months, any of these products you may be using will continue to run, and you’ll be billed at the standard pay-as-you-go rates.

What do I need to sign up for a free account?

All you need is a phone number, a credit or debit card, and a GitHub account or Microsoft account username (formerly Windows Live ID).

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