Create customized, AI-powered search with an Azure free account

Get started with Azure Cognitive Search and 12 months of free services

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

Start, maintain, and scale a search index with minimal investment

Deploy a fully configured search service with intuitive user experiences such as scoring, faceting, suggestions, synonyms, and geo-search—and minimize operational maintenance.

Create searchable content using built-in AI and knowledge mining

Transform raw, unstructured information into searchable content with Azure AI speech, vision, and language services. Build knowledge mining solutions that extract valuable insights from your documents, images, and media.

Meet business goals and industry requirements

Better understand your data using custom models and classifiers and tie your results to your business goals using rich, custom-tuned ranking models.

Which products are free for 12 months?

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

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.

Text Analytics

AI + MACHINE LEARNING

5,000 transactions

S tier

Extract information such as sentiment, key phrases, named entities, and language from your text.

Anomaly Detector

AI + MACHINE LEARNING

20,000 transactions

S0 tier

Detect anomalies in data to quickly identify and troubleshoot issues.

Form Recognizer

AI + MACHINE LEARNING

500 pages

S0 tier

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

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