Migrate workloads to 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 migration

Plan your migration path to the cloud for your virtual machines with Azure migration tools.

Migrate your SQL Server or non-relational databases with SQL Database and Azure Cosmos DB.

Take advantage of App Service, Azure Functions and Logic Apps to help refactor, rearchitect and rebuild your apps in Azure.

Which products are free for 12 months?

These popular products are free each month for 12 months

Windows Virtual Machines


750 Hours


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

SQL Database


250 GB

Create an SQL database that delivers intelligence built in.

File Storage


5 GB

LRS File Storage

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

Linux Virtual Machines


750 Hours


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

Bandwidth (Data Transfer)


15 GB


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

Managed Disks


64 GB x 2

2 P6 SDDs

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

Azure Cosmos DB


5 GB

400 request units

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

Blob Storage


5 GB

LRS hot block

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

Which products are always free?

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




Get personalised recommendations to Azure best practices.

Security Center



policy assessment and recommendations

Prevent, detect and respond to threats with increased visibility and control over the security of your Azure resources.

Load Balancer



public load-balanced IP (VIP)

Add scale, availability and network performance to your applications instantly.

App Service



Web, mobile or API apps

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




requests per month

Process events with a serverless code architecture.

Event Grid



operations per month

Get reliable event delivery at massive scale.

What else do I need to know?

Do I pay anything for the Azure free account?

No. Starting is free, plus you get a $200 credit to spend in the first 30 days. You won’t be charged – even if you start using services – until you choose to upgrade.

What happens after I use my $200 credit or 30 days is over?

You can upgrade to a pay-as-you-go subscription to get continued access to free products – some for the first 12 months, and others that are always free.

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

For 12 months after you upgrade to a pay-as-you-go subscription, certain amounts of popular products are free. After 12 months, you'll be billed for these products at the pay-as-you-go rates.

What do I need to sign up?

A phone number, a credit or debit card and a Microsoft Account username. We use the phone number and credit card for identity verification. We won’t charge your credit card anything, but you may see a one-dollar verification hold on your credit card account, which will be removed within three to five days.

Who can I talk to if I have questions?

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