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Explore Azure Virtual Machines and the cloud with your Azure free account

Deploy and monitor virtual machines (VMs) using 12 months of free services

Popular services free for 12 months

55+ other services free always

Here's just some of what you can do with Azure

Provision Windows or Linux VMs in seconds

Create the right virtual machine for your Windows or Linux operating system-based workload. Deploy your own Windows or Linux VM image or download images from the Azure Marketplace.

Operate seamlessly in hybrid environments

Run your applications where you wish—in Azure or your own datacenter—with seamless hybrid cloud support. Enjoy cloud benefits while meeting regulatory requirements.

Protect your data and monitor your cloud health

Simplify data protection with Azure Backup. Get visibility into the health and performance of your Azure apps and infrastructure using Azure Monitor. Build, manage, and monitor your Azure services in the Azure portal.

Take advantage of free products

These products are free up to the specified monthly amounts. Some are always free to all Azure customers, and some are free for 12 months to new customers only.

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Try Azure free—then only pay for what you use

After your $200 credit, only pay for what you use beyond the free amounts of services. With pay as you go, there’s no fee to maintain your Azure free account, and no upfront commitment. Cancel anytime.

Join the Azure community and get your questions answered live

Get started with confidence by joining the weekly Azure Live Q&A session led by Azure experts. Learn how to get free services, architect solutions, manage resources, deploy apps and databases, and save money.

Find out more about Azure

Ready? Here’s a review of how it works

Start free. Get $200 credit to use in 30 days. While you have your credit, get free amounts of popular services and 55+ other services.

After your credit, move to pay as you go to keep getting popular services and 55+ other services. Only pay if you use more than the free monthly amounts.

After 12 months, you'll continue getting 55+ services free always—and still only pay for what you use beyond the free monthly amounts.