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Try SQL Server in the cloud with an Azure free account

Run Microsoft SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines or use Azure SQL Database, a fully managed service

Popular services free for 12 months

55+ other services free always

Here's just some of what you can do with Azure

Support modern cloud applications

Optimize performance and durability with automated, AI-powered features that are always up to date.

Simplify SQL Server migration to the cloud

Easily migrate your SQL Server workloads to Azure and take advantage of powerful, versatile virtual machines.

Lower your total cost of ownership

Take advantage of cost savings that are only available on Azure for Windows Server and SQL Server workloads.

Take advantage of free products

These products are free up to the specified monthly amounts. Some are always free to all Azure customers, and some are free for 12 months to new customers only.

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Get two more Azure services free for 12 months

Azure Files and Azure Media Services, Live and on-demand streaming are now free for 12 months when you create your Azure free account.
  • Azure Files

  • Azure Media Services, Live and on-demand streaming

Try Azure free—then only pay for what you use

After your USD 200 credit, only pay for what you use beyond the free amounts of services. With pay as you go, there’s no fee to maintain your Azure free account, and no upfront commitment. Cancel anytime.

Join the Azure community and get your questions answered live

Get started with confidence by joining the weekly Azure Live Q&A session led by Azure experts. Learn how to get free services, architect solutions, manage resources, deploy apps and databases, and save money.

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Ready? Here’s a review of how it works

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Start free. Get USD 200 credit to use in 30 days. While you have your credit, get free amounts of popular services and 55+ other services.
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After your credit, move to pay as you go to keep getting popular services and 55+ other services. Only pay if you use more than the free monthly amounts.

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After 12 months, you'll continue getting 55+ services free always—and still only pay for what you use beyond the free monthly amounts.