Pay-as-you-go Dev/Test

Designed for the needs of teams of Visual Studio subscribers, the Pay-as-you-go Dev/Test offer allows you to quickly get your team up and running with dev/test environments in the cloud using pre-configured virtual machines, including Windows 10, and low rates on virtual machines, Cloud Services, HDInsight, App Service and Logic Apps. You have the flexibility to create multiple Azure subscriptions based on this offer, enabling you to maintain isolated environments and a separate bill for different projects or teams.

This offer is exclusively for active Visual Studio subscribers and is limited to development and testing only. Visual Studio subscribers can also sign up for an individual monthly Azure credit (one per subscriber).

Low dev/test rates help you to stretch your budget further

Each active Visual Studio subscriber on your team can use the Microsoft software included with their subscription on Azure Virtual Machines for dev/test at no extra charge – you’ll just pay the Linux rate for VMs that you run, even VMs with SQL Server, SharePoint Server or other software that is normally billed at a higher rate. Upload custom virtual machine images yourself, or use one of our pre-configured images from the Azure Gallery.

In addition to the low dev/test rates on VMs, you also get low rates on Cloud Services, HDInsight, App Service and Logic Apps.

Access to Windows 10

This offer allows you to run Windows 10 images on Azure for dev/test.

Additional Terms

You will be notified at least 30 days in advance of any increases to the rates.

As the account owner, you must maintain an active Visual Studio subscription to use this offer. Additionally, all others interacting with resources within the Azure subscription that you create based on this offer must be active Visual Studio subscribers.

Payment Options

Only credit or debit cards will be accepted, unless previously approved for invoice. Please note that we do not accept prepaid and virtual credit cards.

More details on pricing and billing can be found on our Pricing page.

Cancellation policy

You may cancel this subscription at any time. Payment is required for any outstanding fees incurred.

Offer Availability

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

Limits, Quotas and Constraints

Please refer to this document for a list of common Microsoft Azure limits, quotas and constraints.

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

Service-level Agreements

This benefit is exclusively for development and testing your applications. Usage within the subscription does not carry a financially-backed SLA, except for use of Visual Studio Team Services and HockeyApp.

Resource Commitment

All increases in usage levels of service resources (e.g. adding to the number of compute instances running or increasing the amount of storage in use) are subject to the availability of these service resources. Any quota described in the Limits, Quotas and Constraints section is not a commitment that there will be sufficient resources available for you to reach the quota.

For any subscriptions of this offer that are not incurring charges and are inactive for more than 90 days, we reserve the right to remove any compute resources, including hosted service(s), virtual machines and websites. Please note that no data would be deleted and customers can redeploy at any time. We will also provide advance notice prior to removing any compute resources.

You can also avoid having your compute resources removed by doing either of the following every 90 days:

  1. Log in to either the Azure portal or the new Microsoft Azure portal
  2. Access your resources via our Azure APIs