Skip Navigation

Create personalized, AI-driven experiences with an Azure free account

Get started with 12 months of free services including Azure Cognitive 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

Give each user a unique experience

Deliver the most relevant content to each user on your website or app—improving satisfaction, usability, and engagement—with Personalizer.

Engage customers with a chatbot

Personify your brand, address customer needs, and route conversations to human operators as needed with a chatbot in your desired channel.

Build more inclusive apps

Describe image content to users with low vision using Computer Vision and turn in-app text into spoken words for accessibility using Immersive Reader.

12 AI services
now free for 12 months

Build apps that recognize people’s needs with Azure Cognitive Services

Create intelligent apps, websites, and bots that read, understand, and interpret natural human communication. With Cognitive Services—and a single API call—use decades of ground-breaking AI research to better serve your customers.

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.

Computer Vision

AI + MACHINE LEARNING

5,000 transactions

S1 tier

Personalizer

AI + MACHINE LEARNING

50,000 transactions

S0 tier

Translator

AI + MACHINE LEARNING

2,000,000 characters

S0 tier

SQL Database

DATABASES

250 GB

Azure Database for PostgreSQL NEW

DATABASES

750 hours

of Flexible Server Preview—Burstable B1MS Instance, 32 GB storage, and 32 GB backup storage

Azure Database for MySQL NEW

DATABASES

750 hours

of Flexible Server Preview—Burstable B1MS Instance, 32 GB storage, and 32 GB backup storage

Key Vault NEW

SECURITY

10,000 transactions

RSA 2048-bit keys or secret operations, Standard tier

Media Services—Encoding NEW

MEDIA

20 output minutes

Standard encoder video or audio source file encoding

VPN Gateway

NETWORKING

750 hours

VpnGw1 Gateway Type

Load Balancer

NETWORKING

750 hours, 15 GB data processing, 5 rules

Standard Load Balancer

Azure Cosmos DB

DATABASES

400 request units per second provisioned throughput

With 25 GB of storage

Service Bus

INTEGRATION

750 hours, 13 million operations

Standard tier base unit

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

1000 RU/s

provisioned throughput with 25 GB of storage

Azure App Service

COMPUTE

10

web, mobile, or API apps with 1 GB storage

Azure Functions

COMPUTE

1 Million

requests per month

Azure Event Grid

INTEGRATION

100,000

operations per month

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)

COMPUTE

Free

Azure Logic Apps NEW

INTEGRATION

4,000

built-in actions with the Consumption plan.

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.

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.

What do I need to sign up for a free account?

All you need is a phone number, a credit card or debit card (non-prepaid), and a GitHub account or Microsoft account username (formerly Windows Live ID). Only credit cards are accepted in Hong Kong and Brazil.

*Depending on the country in which you sign up for your Azure free account, you may receive this credit in a specified local currency.

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