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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 Azure for 30 days

Always free

25+ services

Five more Azure services, now free for 12 months

Plus, now get 25 GB of storage free with Azure Cosmos DB.

Azure Load Balancer
Azure Container Registry
Azure Service Bus
Azure Archive Storage
Azure VPN Gateway

Which products are free for 12 months?

These products are free for 12 months, up to the monthly limits. Availability is based on resource and region.

Linux Virtual Machines

COMPUTE

750 hours

B1S Standard tier

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

Windows Virtual Machines

COMPUTE

750 hours

B1S Standard tier

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

Managed Disks

STORAGE

64 GB x 2

P6 solid-state drives (SSD)

Get high-performance, durable block storage for Azure Virtual Machines with simplified management.

Blob Storage

STORAGE

5 GB

locally redundant storage (LRS) hot block

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

File Storage

STORAGE

5 GB

LRS file storage

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

SQL Database

DATABASES

250 GB

Create an SQL database that delivers intelligence built in.

VPN Gateway NEW

NETWORKING

750 hours

VpnGw1 gateway type

Establish secure, cross-premises connectivity.

Load Balancer NEW

NETWORKING

750 hours, 15 GB data processing, 5 rules

Standard Load Balancer

Deliver high availability and network performance to your applications.

Azure Cosmos DB NEW

DATABASES

400 RU/s provisioned throughput

With 25 GB of storage

Get a fast NoSQL database with open APIs for any scale.

Service Bus NEW

INTEGRATION

750 hours, 13 million operations

Standard tier base unit

Get reliable cloud messaging as a service with simple hybrid integration.

Container Registry NEW

CONTAINERS

1 Standard tier registry

With 100 GB storage and 10 webhooks

Store and manage container images across all types of Azure deployments.

Archive Storage NEW

STORAGE

10 GB LRS storage

10 GB LRS/GRS write and retrieval plus 100 reads

Store and manage rarely accessed data with locally redundant storage (LRS) or geo-redundant storage (GRS).

Bandwidth (Data Transfer)

NETWORKING

15 GB

outbound

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

Computer Vision

AI + MACHINE LEARNING

5,000 transactions

S1 tier

Extract rich information from images to categorise and process visual data.

Personaliser

AI + MACHINE LEARNING

50,000 transactions

S0 tier

Deliver rich, personalised experiences for every user.

Translator

AI + MACHINE LEARNING

2,000,000 characters

S0 tier

Add real-time, multi-language text translation to your apps, website and tools.

Anomaly detector

AI + MACHINE LEARNING

20,000 transactions

S0 tier

Detect anomalies in data to quickly identify and troubleshoot issues.

Form Recogniser

AI + MACHINE LEARNING

500 pages

S0 tier

Automate the extraction of text, key/value pairs and tables from your documents.

Content moderator

AI + MACHINE LEARNING

10,000 transactions

S0 tier

Moderate text and images to provide a safer, more positive user experience.

Custom Vision

AI + MACHINE LEARNING

10,000 predictions

S0 tier

Easily customise computer vision models for your unique use case.

Face

AI + MACHINE LEARNING

30,000 transactions

S0 tier

Detect and identify people and emotions in images.

Language Understanding

AI + MACHINE LEARNING

10,000 text request transactions

S0 tier

Build natural language understanding into apps, bots and IoT devices.

QnA Maker

AI + MACHINE LEARNING

3 days

S0 tier

Create a conversational question-and-answer bot from your existing content.

Text Analytics

AI + MACHINE LEARNING

5,000 transactions

S tier

Extract information such as sentiment, key phrases, named entities and language from your text.

Which products are always free?

These products are always free, up to the specified amounts. Availability is based on resource and region.

Machine Learning

AI + MACHINE LEARNING

Free

Develop and run R and Python models on your platform of choice.

Azure Cosmos DB

DATABASES

400 request units per second

provisioned throughput

Build modern apps with a fast NoSQL database service with open APIs at any scale.

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.

Functions

COMPUTE

1,000,000

requests per month

Process events with a serverless code architecture.

Event Grid

INTEGRATION

100,000

operations per month

Get reliable event delivery at massive scale.

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)

COMPUTE

Free

Deploy and manage containers using the tools you choose.

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 which you can spend during the first 30 days.

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

We’ll notify you so you can decide whether 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 do I need to sign up for a free account?

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

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

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

Who can I talk to if I have questions?

Ready when you are – let’s set up your free account