6-Month and 12-Month Plans

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Make a monthly commitment to Azure for 6 months or 12 months and receive a significant discount of 20-32%. The discount you earn is determined by the monthly monetary amount you commit. We offer two options:

  • Pay Monthly: Minimum commitment $500/month billed monthly
  • Pre-Pay: Pre-Pay for the entire term and get an additional discount

If you have an unused commitment balance at the end of a billing month, it will be rolled over as a credit to future billing months until the end of your offer term.


Compare your monthly savings based on your committed spend:

Monthly Committed Spend 6-Month Plan (Monthly Pay) 12-Month Plan (Monthly Pay)
$500-$14,999 20% 22.5%
$15,000 - $39,999 23% 25.5%
$40,000 and above 27% 29.5%

6-Month Plan (Pre-Pay)

Monthly Committed Spend 6-Month Plan (Pre-Pay)
$3000-$89,999 22.5%
$90,000-$239,999 25.5%
$240,000 29.5%

12-Month Plan (Pre-Pay)

Monthly Committed Spend 12-Month Plan (Pre-Pay)
$6000-$179,999 25%
$180,000-$479,999 28%
$480,000 32%

The commitment discount rate is applied against the Pay-As-You-Go rates for the portion of your usage up to your monthly commitment. Any usage exceeding the commitment will be billed at the Pay-As-You-Go rates. If you pay monthly, your commitment equals to the current month’s commitment plus any rollover credits from prior months in your term. If you pre-pay, your commitment in any given month equals to the remaining balance on the subscription.


Monetary Commitment may not be used to purchase (and associated commitment discounts will not apply to) Windows Azure support plans, third-party branded products, products sold through Marketplace or Store, or products otherwise sold separately from Windows Azure (for example, Windows Azure Active Directory Premium).

Microsoft Azure storage capacity is excluded from the discounts effective for new commitment terms beginning after April 2, 2014. Storage transactions and data transfers will continue to receive the applicable commitment discounts.

Oracle software is included in the discounted committed spend plans until June 30, 2014.  Starting July 1, 2014 Oracle software will not be included in the discounted committed spend plans.  However, Virtual Machines that you deploy to run Oracle software will be included in the discounted committed spend.

The discount rate on the 6-month or 12-month plan cannot be combined with graduated discount provided as part of the Pay-As-You-Go rates for Storage, Data Transfer, CDN and Media Services. For these services, the commitment discount is applied against the base price tier.

Payment Options

Customers may pay by credit card, debit card or invoice. Please note that we do not accept prepaid and virtual credit cards. Customers choosing to pay by invoice may have their service activation delayed pending credit verification.

When you pay monthly, your monthly commitment will be billed at the beginning of each billing cycle. Any overage will be calculated monthly and billed at the beginning of the next billing cycle.

Change Policy

During the offer term, customers may increase the commitment amount at any time from the account portal. Please note that an increase in commitment amount does not change the offer term (end date remains unchanged and any unused commitment and rollover credit balance is forfeited). The change will take effect in the next billing cycle.

For example, let’s say a customer prepays 6,000 USD (i.e., 500 USD/month) for a 12-Month Plan on January 1. In the month of June, the customer realizes they will exhaust their original 6,000 USD purchase by the end of the month and determines that they are really incurring 1,000 USD/month on Azure. To avoid going into overage, the customer could place a 6,000 USD incremental pre-pay order in June (remaining 6 full months multiplied by 1,000 USD). The 6,000 USD purchase would be available on July 1 for the remaining six months of the initial 12-Month term (i.e., through December 31). Any remaining amounts as of December 31 would be forfeited.

If the new monthly commitment falls under a higher discount tier, then the new discount rate will take effect in the next billing cycle. If a subscription is converted to any other offer prior to the end of the offer term, any unused commitment balance and rollover credit is forfeited.

Cancelation Policy

Refunds (including for unused commitment paid in advance) will not be provided, except where required by law.

If you cancel your subscription within the first 30 days, you are responsible for paying any overage incurred during the month of cancelation.

If you cancel your subscription at any other time, you will be responsible for paying for your commitment for the remaining term and any overage incurred during the month of cancelation.

Renewal Policy

By default, your subscription is set to auto-renew at the end of the term. The next term will have the same monthly commitment amount, term length and payment timing as the current term. Any unused commitment balance may not be rolled between offer terms and will be forfeited at the end of the current term. The volume discounts for the new subscription term will be whatever is in effect on this offer at time of renewal. You can opt out of auto-renewal at any time. In that case, your subscription will expire at the end of the term. In the last 30 days of your current term, you can make changes to your monthly commitment, term length and payment timing for the next term.

Offer Availability

This offer is available to customers located in one of the following countries/regions and will be billed in the currency noted:

Algeria $ USD Argentina $ ARS Australia $ AUD
Austria € EUR Azerbaijan $ USD Bahrain $ USD
Belarus $ USD Belgium € EUR Brazil R$ BRL
Bulgaria € EUR Canada $ CAD Chile $ USD
Colombia $ USD Costa Rica $ USD Croatia € EUR
Cyprus € EUR Czech Republic € EUR Denmark kr DKK
Dominican Rep. $ USD Ecuador $ USD Egypt $ USD
El Salvador $ USD Estonia € EUR Finland € EUR
France € EUR Germany € EUR Greece € EUR
Guatemala $ USD Hong Kong HK$ HKD Hungary € EUR
Iceland € EUR India ₹ INR Indonesia IDR
Ireland € EUR Israel $ USD Italy € EUR
Japan ¥ JPY Jordan $ USD Kazakhstan $ USD
Kenya $ USD Korea KRW Kuwait $ USD
Latvia € EUR Liechtenstein CHF Lithuania € EUR
Luxemburg € EUR Macedonia (FYRO) $ USD Malaysia $ MYR
Malta € EUR Mexico MXN$ MXN Montenegro $ USD
Morocco $ USD Netherlands € EUR New Zealand $ NZD
Nigeria $ USD Norway kr NOK Oman $ USD
Pakistan $ USD Panama $ USD Paraguay $ USD
Peru $USD Philippines $ USD Poland € EUR
Portugal € EUR Puerto Rico $ USD Qatar $ USD
Romania € EUR Russia RUB Saudi Arabia SAR
Serbia $ USD Singapore $ USD Slovakia € EUR
Slovenia € EUR South Africa ZAR Spain € EUR
Sri Lanka $ USD Sweden kr SEK Switzerland Fr CHF
Taiwan TWD Thailand $ USD Trinidad and Tobago $ USD
Tunisia $ USD Turkey TRY United Arab Emirates $ USD
Ukraine $ USD United Kingdom £ GBP United States $ USD
Uruguay $ USD Venezuela $ USD -

Usage Quotas

The following monthly usage quotas are applied. If you need more than these limits, please contact customer service at any time so that we can understand your needs and adjust these limits appropriately.

Cloud Services and Virtual Machines

The standard quota is 20 concurrent Standard Small (A1) compute instances or an equivalent number of other types or sizes of compute instances as determined by using the compute instance quota conversion table below.

1 compute instance in the followingNumber of equivalent Standard small (A1) instances
Extra Small (A0) 1
Small (A1) 1
Medium (A2) 2
Large (A3) or A6 4
Extra Large (A4)  or A7 8


  • 5 concurrent storage accounts

Active Directory

  • 150,000 objects

An object is an entry in the directory service, represented by its unique distinguished name. An example of an object is a user entry used for authentication purpose.

If you exceed the above quotas for a given month, you will still be responsible for charges that exceed the quotas. We also reserve the right to disable your account in any month that you exceed the quota, but we will make multiple attempts to contact you by e-mail before doing so. There are additional situations that may require us to disable a customer's account, including non-payment of fees. For further details, please refer to our Online Services Use Rights for the Azure platform that is published on our legal page.

Service Level Agreements

 We offer a set of robust service level agreements. Details on our SLAs can be found on our SLA page. Service level agreements are not provided for services during preview.

Compute Resource Commitment

 For Azure compute (i.e., Cloud Services, Virtual Machines, and the reserved instance model for Websites and Mobile Services), Microsoft will make available up to 125% of the compute resource that could be consumed continuously for that billing month if you had spent your entire monthly monetary commitment (prorated if you prepaid more than a single month) on that Azure compute resource at your commitment rate. If Microsoft fails to meet this compute resource commitment, you will receive a credit equal to 25% of the monetary value of the affected Azure compute service at your commitment rate. This credit will not exceed the total monetary value of any remaining monetary commitment balance. If such unavailability also qualifies you for a service credit under one of our service level agreements, you will only receive the remedy with the highest monetary value.

All usage of Azure compute above the Compute Resource Commitment will be consumed on an “as available” basis. All usage of any other Azure services will be consumed on an “as available” basis.