Create personalised, AI-driven experiences with an Azure free account

Get started with 12 months of free services including Azure Cognitive Services

What do I get?

With your Azure free account, you get all of this—and you will not 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

Give each user a unique experience

Deliver the most relevant content to each user on your website or app—improving satisfaction, usability and engagement—with Personaliser.

Engage customers with a chatbot

Personify your brand, address customer needs and route conversations to human operators as needed with a chatbot in your desired channel.

Build more inclusive apps

Describe image content to users with low vision using Computer Vision and turn in-app text into spoken words for accessibility using Immersive Reader.

12 AI services
now free for 12 months

Build apps that recognise people’s needs with Azure Cognitive Services

Create intelligent apps, websites and bots that read, understand and interpret natural human communication. With Cognitive Services—and a single API call—use decades of ground-breaking AI research to better serve your customers.

Which products are free for 12 months?

These popular products are free each month for 12 months

Computer Vision NEW

AI + MACHINE LEARNING

5,000 transactions

S1 tier

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

Personaliser NEW

AI + MACHINE LEARNING

50,000 transactions

S0 tier

Deliver rich, personalised experiences for every user.

Translator Text NEW

AI + MACHINE LEARNING

20,00,000 characters

S0 tier

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

SQL Database

DATABASES

250 GB

Create a SQL Database that delivers intelligence built-in.

Windows Virtual Machines

COMPUTE

750 hours

B1S VM

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

Linux Virtual Machines

COMPUTE

750 hours

B1S VM

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

Anomaly Detector NEW

AI + MACHINE LEARNING

20,000 transactions

S0 tier

Detect anomalies in data to quickly identify and troubleshoot issues.

Form Recogniser NEW

AI + MACHINE LEARNING

500 pages

S0 tier

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

Ink Recogniser NEW

AI + MACHINE LEARNING

2,000 transactions

S0 tier

Recognise digital ink content, such as handwriting, shapes and document layout.

Which products are always free?

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

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

10,00,000

requests per month

Process events with a serverless code architecture.

Event Grid

INTEGRATION

1,00,000

operations per month

Get reliable event delivery at massive scale.

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)

AI + MACHINE LEARNING

Free

Deploy and manage containers using the tools you choose.

DevTest Labs

DEVELOPER TOOLS

Free

Enable fast, easy and lean dev-test environments.

Active Directory B2C

IDENTITY

50,000

authentications per month

Enable customer identity and access management in the cloud.

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 you can spend during the first 30 days.

What happens once I use my $200 free credit or I am at the end of 30 days?

We will notify you so you can decide if you want to upgrade to pay-as-you-go pricing and remove the spending limit. If you do, you will have access to all the free products. If you don’t, your account and products will be disabled and you will need to upgrade to resume usage.

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

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

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).

Who can I talk to if I have questions?

Ready when you are—let us set up your free account