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Deploy your first solution with short tutorials

After you create your Azure free account, start building projects right away.

Launch a Linux virtual machine

Deploy a Linux virtual machine using Azure CLI.

Launch a Windows virtual machine

Create a Windows virtual machine with PowerShell.

Build a web app

Deploy a sample .NET, Node.js, Java, PHP, Python or Ruby app.

Store and transfer data and apps

Access blob, table and queue storage.

Build a serverless app

Create a "hello world" function in the Azure portal.

Build a data-driven app

Create an Azure SQL database in the Azure portal.

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