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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.

Five more Azure services, now free for 12 months

Plus, now get 25 GB of storage free with Azure Cosmos DB.

Azure Load Balancer
Azure Container Registry
Azure Service Bus
Azure Archive Storage
Azure VPN Gateway

Which products are free for 12 months?

These products are free for 12 months, up to the monthly limits. Availability is based on resource and region.

Linux Virtual Machines

COMPUTE

750 hours

B1S Standard tier

Windows Virtual Machines

COMPUTE

750 hours

B1S Standard tier

Managed Disks

STORAGE

64 GB x 2

P6 solid state drives (SSD)

Blob Storage

STORAGE

5 GB

locally redundant storage (LRS) hot block

File Storage

STORAGE

5 GB

LRS file storage

SQL Database

DATABASES

250 GB

VPN Gateway NEW

NETWORKING

750 hours

VpnGw1 Gateway Type

Load Balancer NEW

NETWORKING

750 hours, 15 GB data processing, 5 rules

Standard Load Balancer

Azure Cosmos DB NEW

DATABASES

400 RU/s provisioned throughput

With 25 GB of storage

Service Bus NEW

INTEGRATION

750 hours, 13 million operations

Standard tier base unit

Container Registry NEW

CONTAINERS

1 Standard tier registry

With 100 GB storage and 10 webhooks

Archive Storage NEW

STORAGE

10 GB LRS storage

10 GB LRS/GRS write and retrieval plus 100 reads

Which products are always free?

These products are always free, up to the specified amounts. Availability is based on resource and region.

Azure Cosmos DB

DATABASES

400 request units per second

provisioned throughput

App Service

COMPUTE

10

web, mobile, or API apps

Functions

COMPUTE

1,000,000

requests per month

Event Grid

INTEGRATION

100,000

operations per month

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)

COMPUTE

Free

DevTest Labs

DEVELOPER TOOLS

Free

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?

Get personalized guidance and answers to questions you might have whether you’re evaluating the cloud, starting your first project, or migrating to Azure.

Ready when you are—let’s set up your free account