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Azure for startups

Run lean, stay agile, and grow fast

  • Choose your platform, including open source
  • Deploy a web app or virtual machine in seconds
  • Scale with point-and-click simplicity
  • Get started easily with common startup scenarios
  • Manage IT budget efficiently

Open source welcome

Azure really is open source friendly and flexible. Use the tools you already know. From Node.js to Ubuntu, bring your favorite open source software tools and technologies to Azure and explore the possibilities. Plus, Azure Marketplace supports your favorite Linux distributions including Debian and SUSE.

Innovation acceleration

Great ideas are why you’ve got a startup, right? Accelerate your innovation with Azure’s application platform. Build simple to complex projects with an easy-to-use and consistent portal experience that offers the cloud services you need most.

Trusted global scale

Startups may start small, but you’ll be ready to grow fast and go far, achieving global scale in 34 local regions. Azure has strict processes and practices to secure the platform, and also empower you to protect your data and mission-critical applications.

Helping startups get started

We’re ready to get you up and running—and ready to grow fast. Get started now.

Ready to help you grow

From idea to IPO, Microsoft is uniquely equipped to support startups at every stage of your journey. Whether it’s technology enablement, business growth through accelerators and venture funding, or connecting you with customers, learn how we can help you grow.

Microsoft Ventures

Microsoft Accelerators

Free account

Get $200 in Azure credits and 12 months of popular services—free

Visual Studio

Subscribers get up to $1800 per year of Azure services


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