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Try Windows Server in the cloud with an Azure free account

Run your Windows Server workloads on Azure and extend your existing Windows Server data centre.

Easily migrate Windows Server and use your existing skills in Azure

Use existing licences to save on Azure

Azure is the most cost-effective cloud for your Windows Server workloads – saving up to 80 per cent on Windows Server virtual machines – with Azure Hybrid Benefit for Windows Server and Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instances.

Get 2008 extended security updates in Azure

Get access to three additional years of security updates for 2008 or 2008 R2 workloads in Azure – at no additional charge.

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

Always free

25+ services

Get these popular products – free each month for a year

Windows Virtual Machines


750 Hours


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

Linux Virtual Machines


750 Hours


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

Managed Disks


64 GB x 2

2 P6 SDDs

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

Blob Storage


5 GB

LRS hot block

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

File Storage


5 GB

LRS File Storage

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

SQL Database


250 GB

Create an SQL database that delivers intelligence built in.

Azure Cosmos DB


5 GB

400 request units

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

Bandwidth (Data Transfer)


15 GB


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

Take advantage of these free products at any time

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.

Container Service



Deploy and manage containers using the tools you choose.

Face API



transactions per month

Enable natural and contextual interaction with tools that augment users’ experiences.

DevTest Labs



Enable fast, easy and lean dev-test environments.

Active Directory




Enable one-click sign-in to any cloud or on-premises web app for secured identity and access management.

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 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.

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.

Who can I talk to if I have questions?

Call sales 1-800-867-1389

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