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Azure Benefit for Microsoft Partner Network

This offer is no longer available. The new updated offer and offer terms can be found here.

Members of the Microsoft Partner Network Cloud Essentials program receive monthly credits of $100 of Azure at no charge.

Flexibility with Azure Credits

Any taxes which may result from receiving services at no charge are the sole responsibility of the recipient.

For the first month after activation of your benefit, you receive $200 of Azure credits. After the first month, you receive $100 of Azure credits every month. The choice is now yours on how you use your Azure credits. Use them on any Azure service based on your needs including, Virtual Machines, Websites, Cloud Services, Mobile Services, Storage, SQL Database, Content Delivery Network, HDInsight, Media Services, and many more.

Use the pricing calculator to estimate how much you could use with $100 per month. Here are a few usage scenarios that consume no more than $100 per month:

  • Run 1 small Virtual Machine instance for the entire month, or
  • Store 400 GB of data in Storage, or
  • Develop and test a web application using Cloud Services, with 3 web roles and 2 worker roles on small instances, for 10 hours a day, 5 days a week, or
  • Run a 30GB SQL Database for the entire month

Any unused monthly credits cannot be carried over to subsequent months and cannot be transferred to other Azure subscriptions. Monthly usage in excess of the monthly credit amount included with your offer will be charged at the Pay-As-You-Go rates. If the Spending Limit has been removed, charges will be incurred at the Pay-As-You-Go rates.  If the Spending Limit is set at /en-us/pricing/, your subscription will be suspended upon using the third party service. You will be notified at least 30 days in advance of any changes to the Pay-As-You-Go rates.

You must be in the Microsoft Partner Network Cloud Essentials program and utilize a Microsoft Account associated with that program. You must maintain an active membership to enjoy the Azure benefit for Microsoft Partner Network Cloud Essentials. This offer is limited to one per subscriber.

We require a credit card or debit card to authenticate you when you sign up. Your credit card will initially NOT be charged as your new account has a $0 Spending Limit. Use up to your monthly Azure credits at no charge. If you exceed your monthly credits, your service will be disabled for that month. You can choose to turn off your Spending Limit, and any usage each month in excess of the monthly credits will be charged at the Pay-As-You-Go rates. Read more about the Spending Limit feature.


Azure Credits may not be used to purchase Azure support plans, Visual Studio Team Services services, third-party branded products, products sold through Marketplace, or products otherwise sold separately from Azure (for example, Microsoft Azure Active Directory Premium).

Payment Options

Credit or debit cards only, unless previously approved for invoice. Please note that we do not accept prepaid and virtual credit cards.

More details on pricing and billing can be found on our Pricing page.

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel this subscription at any time. Payment is required for any outstanding fees incurred.

Offer Availability

This offer is available to customers located in one of the following countries/regions and will be billed in the currency noted:

Limits, Quotas and Constraints

Please refer to this document for a list of common Microsoft Azure limits, quotas and constraints.

The following monthly usage quotas are applied. If you need more than these limits, please contact customer service at any time so that we can understand your needs and adjust these limits appropriately.

Service Level Agreements

We offer a set of robust service level agreements for each of the Azure platform services. More details on each of our SLAs can be found on our SLA page. Service level agreements are not provided for services during preview.

Resource Commitment

All increases in usage levels of service resources (e.g. adding to the number of compute instances running, or increasing the amount of storage in use) are subject to the availability of these service resources. Any quota described in the Limits, Quotas and Constraints section is not a commitment that there will be sufficient resources available for you to reach the quota.

For any subscriptions of this offer that are not incurring charges and are inactive for more than 90 days, we reserve the right to remove any compute resources including hosted service(s), virtual machines and websites. Please note that no data would be deleted and customers can redeploy at any time. We will also provide advance notice prior to removing any compute resources.

You can also avoid having your compute resources removed by doing either of the following every 90 days:

  1. Log into either the Azure portal or the new Microsoft Azure portal
  2. Access your resources via our Azure APIs