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

Get started with 12 months of free services

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

Get started with 12 months of free services

Popular services free for 12 months
55+ other services free always

Here’s just some of what you can do with Azure

Scale on demand

Run 20 million event-driven server-less 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 back-up 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.

After your credit, keep getting free services

Move to pay as you go for free monthly amounts of popular services for 12 months and 55+ other services always.

After your credit, keep getting free services

Move to pay as you go for free monthly amounts of popular services for 12 months and 55+ other services always.

Azure service Description Type Free monthly amount Free period
Get personalised recommendations and best practices for Azure. Management and governance Unlimited Always
Detect anomalies in data to quickly identify and troubleshoot issues. AI + machine learning 20,000 transactions S0 tier 12 months
Manage APIs across all platforms with a hybrid, multicloud platform. Integration 1 million monthly calls free with Consumption tier Always
Store and manage configurations for all your Azure apps. Developer tools 1,000 requests per day with 10 MB storage Always
Quickly create powerful apps for any platform or device using your choice of tools, including Node.js and PHP. Compute 10 web, mobile, or API apps with 1 GB storage 1 hour per day Always
Store and manage rarely accessed data with locally redundant storage (LRS) or geo-redundant storage (GRS). Storage 10 GB LRS storage, 10 GB LRS or GRS write and retrieval, and 100 reads 12 months
Simplify cloud management with process automation. Management and governance 500 minutes of job runtime Always
Enable identity and access management in the cloud. Identity 50,000 stored objects with single sign-on (SSO) to all cloud apps Always
Extend Azure management and services. Hybrid + multicloud Free Azure control plane functionality for resources outside Azure, search and indexing for Azure Arc-enabled resources Always
Verify the identity and security posture of trusted platform modules and trusted execution environments. Security Free Always
Build modern apps at any scale using a fast NoSQL database with open APIs. Databases 400 request units per-second provisioned throughput with 25 GB storage 12 months
Build modern apps at any scale using a fast NoSQL database with open APIs. Databases 1,000 request units per-second provisioned throughput with 25 GB storage Always
Host a fully managed, scalable MySQL database in Azure. Databases 750 hours of Flexible Server—Burstable B1MS Instance, 32 GB storage, and 32 GB back up storage 12 months
Build intelligent, scalable apps with fully managed database for PostgreSQL Databases 750 hours of Flexible Server—Burstable B1MS Instance, 32 GB storage, and 32 GB back up storage 12 months
Build apps in any language using Git repos, CI/CD and build and release automation. Developer tools 5 users with unlimited private Git repos Always
Migrate to simple, distributed, cross-platform file storage without changing code. Storage 100 GB of LRS transaction optimised, hot and cool files. 2 million read, list and other file operations 12 months
Deploy and manage containers using the tools you choose. Compute Free Always
Manage service providers with Zero Trust access controls. Management and governance Free Always
Make it easier to acquire services with a catalogue of approved cloud offerings. Management and governance Free publishing Always
Create location-aware web and mobile applications using geospatial services, APIs, and SDKs. Internet of Things 1,000 to 5,000 transactions for specific mapping and location insights features Always
Discover, assess, right-size, and migrate your on-premises virtual machines to Azure. Migration Free Always
Achieve real-time cloud compliance at scale with consistent resource governance. Management and governance Free access to configuration and change tracking features Always
Simplify how you move multiple resources between Azure regions. Management and governance Free (ingress and egress charges may apply) Always
Add real-time communications into your web applications. Web 20 concurrent connections per unit and 20,000 messages Always
Transfer data inbound and outbound through our robust network of global data centres. Networking 15 GB outbound 12 months
Transfer data inbound and outbound through our robust network of global data centres. Networking 100 GB outbound Always
Scale your application in the cloud with job orchestration and scheduling for HPC applications. Compute Free Always
Use massively scalable object storage for any type of unstructured data. Storage 5 GB locally redundant storage (LRS) hot block with 20,000 read and 10,000 write operations 12 months
Develop intelligent, enterprise-grade bots that scale on demand. AI + machine learning 10,000 premium channel messages and unlimited standard channel messages Always
Manage Azure resources in a browser-based shell using popular command-line tools and programming languages. Management and governance 5 GB free storage in Azure Files for 12 months Always
Include a cloud search service in your web and mobile application. AI + machine learning 50 MB storage for 10,000 hosted documents and 3 indexes per service Always
Extract information such as sentiment, key phrases, named entities and language from your text. AI + machine learning 5,000 text records 12 months
Extract rich information from images to categorise and process visual data. AI + machine learning 5,000 transactions for each S1, S2 and S3 tier 12 months
Build and deploy modern apps and microservices using serverless containers. Containers 180,000 vCPU seconds, 360,000 GiB seconds, and 2 million requests Always
Store and manage container images across all types of Azure deployments. Containers 1 Standard tier registry with 100 GB storage and 10 webhooks 12 months
Moderate text and images to provide a safer, more positive user experience. AI + machine learning 10,000 transactions S0 tier to moderate or review 12 months
Monitor, allocate and optimise cloud costs with transparency, accuracy and efficiency. Management and governance Free Always
Easily customise computer vision models for your unique use case. AI + machine learning 10,000 predictions S0 tier, one training hour, two projects with 5,000 training images each 12 months
Get more value from your enterprise data assets. Analytics Unlimited users Always
Compose and manage data services at scale. Analytics 5 low-frequency activities Always
Simplify on-premises database migration to the cloud. Databases Free Standard Compute Always
Enable fast, easy and lean dev-test environments. Developer tools Free Always
Get reliable event delivery at massive scale. Integration 100,000 operations per month Always
Detect, identify, analyse, organise, and tag faces in images. AI + machine learning 30,000 transactions S0 tier 12 months
Detect, identify, analyse, organise, and tag faces in images. AI + machine learning 30,000 transactions of Free instance Always
Automate the extraction of text, key/value pairs and tables from your documents. AI + machine learning 500 pages S0 tier 12 months
Process events with a serverless code architecture. Compute 1 million requests Always
Build and deploy AI-powered, compliant, conversational healthcare experiences at scale. AI + machine learning 3,000 messages (up to 10 messages per second) Always
Unify and manage health data and protected health information (PHI) in the cloud. Integration 1 GB structured and blob storage, 50,000 API requests, .5 GB transformation operations, 100,000 events Always
Embed text reading and comprehension capabilities into applications. AI + machine learning 3 million characters Always
Extend cloud intelligence and analytics to IoT edge devices. Internet of Things Free, open-source edge runtime Always
Connect, monitor, and manage IoT assets with a scalable platform. Internet of Things 8,000 messages per day and .5 KB message metre size of Free edition Always
Safeguard and maintain control of keys and other secrets. Security 10,000 transactions RSA 2048-bit keys or secret operations, Standard tier 12 months
Build natural language understanding into apps, bots and IoT devices. AI + machine learning 10,000 text request transactions S0 tier 12 months
Instantly add scale, availability, and network performance to your applications. Networking 750 hours, 15 GB of data processing, and up to five rules with Standard Load Balancer 12 months
Build automated integration solutions across clouds and on-premises systems. Integration 4,000 built-in actions with the Consumption plan Always
Develop and run R and Python models on your platform of choice. AI + machine learning Free Always
Get high-performance, durable block storage for Azure Virtual Machines with simplified management. Storage 2 64 GB (P6) solid state drives SSD storage, plus 1 GB snapshot and 2 million I/O operations 12 months
Index, package, protect and stream video and audio at scale. Media 20 output minutes Standard encoder video or audio source file encoding 12 months
Deliver content to virtually any device at scale. Media 5 hours each of Standard Passthrough, Live Transcription, and Standard Streaming endpoint 12 months
Embed AI-powered monitoring features to proactively diagnose issues. AI + machine learning 25 time series Always
Gain full observability into your applications, infrastructure, and network. Management and governance See Azure Monitor pricing details for free amounts per feature Always
Monitor, diagnose and gain insights into your network performance and health. Networking 5 GB storage with 1,000 checks, 10 tests and 10 connection metrics Always
Send push notifications to any platform from any back-end. Mobile 1 million push notifications with free namespace Always
Accelerate machine learning with curated datasets. AI + machine learning Free (egress charges may apply) Always
Deliver rich, personalised experiences for every user. AI + machine learning 50,000 transactions S0 tier 12 months
Privately access services on Azure, keeping your data on the Microsoft network. Networking Free Always
Create a conversational question-and-answer bot from your existing content. AI + machine learning 3 managed documents S0 tier 12 months
Simplify how you manage your app resources. Management and governance Free Always
Prevent, detect and respond to threats with increased visibility and control over the security of your Azure resources. Security Free policy assessment and recommendations Always
Get reliable cloud messaging as a service with simple hybrid integration. Integration 750 hours and 13 million operations Standard tier base unit 12 months
Build and operate always-on, scalable, distributed apps. Containers Free Always
Build mixed-reality apps that map, share and persist 3D content. Mixed reality 10,000 anchors queried Always
Accurately verify and identify speakers by their unique voice characteristics. AI + machine learning 10,000 transactions each of speaker verification, speaker identification, and voice storage Always
Transcribe spoken audio to text. AI + machine learning 5 audio hours each of Standard, Customised, and Conversation Transcription Multichannel Audio, 1 Customised endpoint hosting model Always
Integrate real-time speech translation into your app. AI + machine learning 5 audio hours Standard Always
Create a SQL database that delivers intelligence built in. Databases 250 GB S0 instance with 10 database transaction units 12 months
Build, test and demonstrate applications in a non-production environment. Developer tools Free Always
Streamline full-stack development from source code to global high availability. Compute 100 GB bandwidth per subscription, 2 customised domains and .5 GB storage per app Always
Build apps that convert text to lifelike speech. AI + machine learning 5 million characters Standard, 500,000 characters Neural, and 5 million characters Customised, 1 Customised endpoint hosting model Always
Add real-time, multi-language text translation to your apps, websites and tools. AI + machine learning 2 million characters S0 tier 12 months
Create Linux virtual machines with on-demand capacity in seconds. Compute 750 hours B1s burstable virtual machines 12 months
Create Windows virtual machines with on-demand capacity in seconds. Compute 750 hours B1s burstable virtual machines 12 months
Provision private networks and connect to on-premises data centres. Networking 50 virtual networks Always
Boost productivity with a powerful, lightweight code editor for cloud development. Developer tools Free Always
Establish secure, cross-premises connectivity. Networking 750 hours VpnGw1 Gateway Type 12 months
Build real-time, two-way communication into your web and mobile apps. Web 20,000 messages per unit per day and 20 concurrent connections per unit (1 unit max) Always

Try Azure free—then only pay for what you use

After your $200 credit, only pay for what you use beyond the free amounts of services. With pay as you go, there’s no fee to maintain your Azure free account, and no upfront commitment. Cancel anytime.

Explore Azure with demos and a live Q&A

Get started with confidence by watching a series of brief videos on Azure fundamentals. See how to get free services, architect solutions, manage resources, deploy apps and databases, and save money. Then, get answers to your questions in real time from Azure experts.

Explore Azure with demos and a live Q&A

Get started with confidence by watching a series of brief videos on Azure fundamentals. See how to get free services, architect solutions, manage resources, deploy apps and databases, and save money. Then, get answers to your questions in real time from Azure experts.

Ready? Here’s a review of how it works

Step 1
Start free. Get $200 credit to use in 30 days. While you have your credit, get free amounts of popular services and 55+ other services.
Step 2
After your credit, move to pay as you go to keep getting popular services and 55+ other services. Only pay if you use more than the free monthly amounts.
Step 3
After 12 months, you'll continue getting 55+ services free always—and still only pay for what you use beyond the free monthly amounts.
Step 1
Start free. Get $200 credit to use in 30 days. While you have your credit, get free amounts of popular services and 55+ other services.
Step 2
After your credit, move to pay as you go to keep getting popular services and 55+ other services. Only pay if you use more than the free monthly amounts.
Step 3
After 12 months, you'll continue getting 55+ services free always—and still only pay for what you use beyond the free monthly amounts.
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*Depending on the country in which you sign up for your Azure free account, you may receive this credit in a specified local currency.