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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 Azure for 30 days

$200 credit

to explore Azure 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

Create a consistent hybrid environment

Azure is preferred over Amazon Web Services (AWS) for building and deploying hybrid cloud solutions. Create a more consistent experience with Azure than AWS, using common identity, management, security, and development tools.

Innovate with unmatched intelligence

Develop apps with built-in intelligence using a breadth of AI tools that you’ll only find in Azure. Build and deploy custom AI models at scale, easily deploy intelligence at the edge, and add cognitive APIs to give your applications the ability to see, hear, speak, search, and understand.

Trust your cloud

With more global regions than AWS and a more comprehensive set of compliance offerings, Azure is a cloud you can trust.

Which products are free for 12 months?

These products are free each month for 12 months. Availability is based on resource and region.

Linux Virtual Machines

COMPUTE

750 hours

B1S VM

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

Windows Virtual Machines

COMPUTE

750 hours

B1S VM

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

Managed Disks

STORAGE

64 GB x 2

2 P6 SDDs

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

Blob Storage

STORAGE

5 GB

LRS hot block

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

File Storage

STORAGE

5 GB

LRS File Storage

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

SQL Database

DATABASES

250 GB

Create a SQL Database that delivers intelligence built-in.

Bandwidth (Data Transfer)

NETWORKING

15 GB

outbound

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

Computer Vision

AI + MACHINE LEARNING

5,000 transactions

S1 tier

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

Personalizer

AI + MACHINE LEARNING

50,000 transactions

S0 tier

Deliver rich, personalized experiences for every user.

Which products are always free?

These products are always free. Availability is based on resource and region.

Azure Cosmos DB

DATABASES

400 RU/s

provisioned throughput

Build modern apps with a fast NoSQL database service with open APIs at any scale.

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

1,000,000

requests per month

Process events with a serverless code architecture.

Event Grid

INTEGRATION

100,000

operations per month

Get reliable event delivery at massive scale.

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)

COMPUTE

Free

Deploy and manage containers using the tools you choose.

DevTest Labs

DEVELOPER TOOLS

Free

Enable fast, easy, and lean dev-test environments.

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’m at the end of 30 days?

We’ll 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’ll have access to free products.* If you don’t, your account and products will be disabled, and you'll need to upgrade to resume usage.
* Based on resource and region availability.

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

For 12 months after you upgrade your account, certain amounts of a number of products are free.* After 12 months, you’ll be billed at the standard pay-as-you-go rates.
* Based on resource and region availability.

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’s set up your free account