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Pay as you go with Azure—plus get free services

Create an Azure account and purchase cloud services at pay-as-you-go pricing.

  • Get monthly amounts of select services free.
  • Pay only for what you use beyond free amounts.
  • No upfront commitment. Cancel anytime.

Get built-in security with Azure pay-as-you-go pricing

Create an Azure account to start building on a trusted cloud platform. Pay only for what you use with no upfront commitment.

Meet your reliability needs with Azure pay-as-you-go pricing

Create an Azure account to start building on a high-performing, resilient cloud platform. Pay only for what you use with no upfront commitment.

Control your costs with Azure pay-as-you-go pricing

Create an Azure account and pay only for what you use. Scale and adapt your cloud services to changing business needs with no upfront commitment.

Meet your reliability needs

Operate your mission-critical systems with speed and confidence—across high availability, disaster recovery, and backup scenarios.

Control your costs

Scale and adapt to changing business needs while managing your cloud spending with budget alerts and optimization best practices.

Simplify your move

As you modernize your applications, take advantage of familiar operational protocols and integrations that reduce the learning curve.

Get built-in Microsoft security

Protect your customers and organization with multilayered security and 90+ Azure compliance certifications.

Control your costs

Scale and adapt to changing business needs while managing your cloud spending with budget alerts and optimization best practices.

Simplify your move

As you modernize your applications, take advantage of familiar operational protocols and integrations that reduce the learning curve.

Get built-in Microsoft security

Protect your customers and organization with multilayered security and 90+ Azure compliance certifications.

Meet your reliability needs

Operate your mission-critical systems with speed and confidence—across high availability, disaster recovery, and backup scenarios.

Simplify your move

As you modernize your applications, take advantage of familiar operational protocols and integrations that reduce the learning curve.

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.1

Azure service Description Type Free monthly amount Free period
Get personalized recommendations and best practices for Azure. Management and governance Unlimited Always
Detect anomalies in data to quickly identify and troubleshoot issues. AI + machine learning 20,000 transactions S0 tier 12 months
Manage APIs across all platforms with a hybrid, multicloud platform. Integration 1 million monthly calls free with Consumption tier Always
Store and manage configurations for all your Azure apps. Developer tools 1,000 requests per day with 10 MB storage Always
Quickly create powerful apps for any platform or device using your choice of tools including Node.js and PHP. Compute 10 web, mobile, or API apps with 1 GB storage 1 hour per day Always
Store and manage rarely accessed data with locally redundant storage (LRS) or geo-redundant storage (GRS). Storage 10 GB LRS storage, 10 GB LRS or GRS write and retrieval, and 100 reads 12 months
Simplify cloud management with process automation. Management and governance 500 minutes of job runtime Always
Enable identity and access management in the cloud. Identity 50,000 stored objects with single sign-on (SSO) to all cloud apps Always
Extend Azure management and services. Hybrid + multicloud Free Azure control plane functionality for resources outside Azure, search and indexing for Azure Arc-enabled resources Always
Verify the identity and security posture of trusted platform modules and trusted execution environments. Security Free Always
Build modern apps at any scale using a fast NoSQL database with open APIs. Databases 400 request units per-second provisioned throughput with 25 GB storage 12 months
Build modern apps at any scale using a fast NoSQL database with open APIs. Databases 1,000 request units per-second provisioned throughput with 25 GB storage Always
Host a fully managed, scalable MySQL database in Azure. Databases 750 hours of Flexible Server—Burstable B1MS Instance, 32 GB storage, and 32 GB backup storage 12 months
Build intelligent, scalable apps with fully managed database for PostgreSQL Databases 750 hours of Flexible Server—Burstable B1MS Instance, 32 GB storage, and 32 GB backup storage 12 months
Build apps in any language using Git repos, CI/CD, and build and release automation. Developer tools 5 users with unlimited private Git repos Always
Migrate to simple, distributed, cross-platform file storage without changing code. Storage 100 GB of LRS transaction optimized, hot, and cool files. 2 million read, list, and other file operations 12 months
Deploy and manage containers using the tools you choose. Compute Free Always
Manage service providers with Zero Trust access controls. Management and governance Free Always
Make it easier to acquire services with a catalog of approved cloud offerings. Management and governance Free publishing Always
Create location-aware web and mobile applications using geospatial services, APIs, and SDKs. Internet of Things 1,000 to 5,000 transactions for specific mapping and location insights features Always
Discover, assess, right-size, and migrate your on-premises virtual machines to Azure. Migration Free Always
Achieve real-time cloud compliance at scale with consistent resource governance. Management and governance Free access to configuration and change tracking features Always
Simplify how you move multiple resources between Azure regions. Management and governance Free (ingress and egress charges may apply) Always
Add real-time communications into your web applications. Web 20 concurrent connections per unit and 20,000 messages Always
Transfer data inbound and outbound through our robust network of global data centers. Networking 15 GB outbound 12 months
Transfer data inbound and outbound through our robust network of global data centers. Networking 100 GB outbound Always
Scale your application in the cloud with job orchestration and scheduling for HPC applications. Compute Free Always
Use massively scalable object storage for any type of unstructured data. Storage 5 GB locally redundant storage (LRS) hot block with 20,000 read and 10,000 write operations 12 months
Develop intelligent, enterprise-grade bots that scale on demand. AI + machine learning 10,000 premium channel messages and unlimited standard channel messages Always
Manage Azure resources in a browser-based shell using popular command-line tools and programming languages. Management and governance 5 GB free storage in Azure Files for 12 months Always
Include a cloud search service in your web and mobile application. AI + machine learning 50 MB storage for 10,000 hosted documents and 3 indexes per service Always
Extract information such as sentiment, key phrases, named entities, and language from your text. AI + machine learning 5,000 text records 12 months
Extract rich information from images to categorize and process visual data. AI + machine learning 5,000 transactions for each S1, S2, and S3 tier 12 months
Build and deploy modern apps and microservices using serverless containers. Containers 180,000 vCPU seconds, 360,000 GiB seconds, and 2 million requests Always
Store and manage container images across all types of Azure deployments. Containers 1 Standard tier registry with 100 GB storage and 10 webhooks 12 months
Moderate text and images to provide a safer, more positive user experience. AI + machine learning 10,000 transactions S0 tier to moderate or review 12 months
Monitor, allocate, and optimize cloud costs with transparency, accuracy, and efficiency. Management and governance Free Always
Easily customize computer vision models for your unique use case. AI + machine learning 10,000 predictions S0 tier, one training hour, two projects with 5,000 training images each 12 months
Get more value from your enterprise data assets. Analytics Unlimited users Always
Compose and manage data services at scale. Analytics 5 low-frequency activities Always
Simplify on-premises database migration to the cloud. Databases Free Standard Compute Always
Enable fast, easy, and lean dev-test environments. Developer tools Free Always
Get reliable event delivery at massive scale. Integration 100,000 operations per month Always
Detect, identify, analyze, organize, and tag faces in images. AI + machine learning 30,000 transactions S0 tier 12 months
Detect, identify, analyze, organize, and tag faces in images. AI + machine learning 30,000 transactions of Free instance Always
Automate the extraction of text, key/value pairs, and tables from your documents. AI + machine learning 500 pages S0 tier 12 months
Process events with a serverless code architecture. Compute 1 million requests Always
Build and deploy AI-powered, compliant, conversational healthcare experiences at scale. AI + machine learning 3,000 messages (up to 10 messages per second) Always
Unify and manage health data and protected health information (PHI) in the cloud. Integration 1 GB structured and blob storage, 50,000 API requests, .5 GB transformation operations, 100,000 events Always
Embed text reading and comprehension capabilities into applications. AI + machine learning 3 million characters Always
Extend cloud intelligence and analytics to IoT edge devices. Internet of Things Free, open-source edge runtime Always
Connect, monitor, and manage IoT assets with a scalable platform. Internet of Things 8,000 messages per day and .5 KB message meter size of Free edition Always
Safeguard and maintain control of keys and other secrets. Security 10,000 transactions RSA 2048-bit keys or secret operations, Standard tier 12 months
Build natural language understanding into apps, bots, and IoT devices. AI + machine learning 10,000 text request transactions S0 tier 12 months
Instantly add scale, availability, and network performance to your applications. Networking 750 hours, 15 GB of data processing, and up to five rules with Standard Load Balancer 12 months
Build automated integration solutions across clouds and on-premises systems. Integration 4,000 built-in actions with the Consumption plan Always
Develop and run R and Python models on your platform of choice. AI + machine learning Free Always
Get high performance, durable block storage for Azure Virtual Machines with simplified management. Storage 2 64 GB (P6) solid state drives SSD storage, plus 1 GB snapshot and 2 million I/O operations 12 months
Index, package, protect, and stream video and audio at scale. Media 20 output minutes Standard encoder video or audio source file encoding 12 months
Deliver content to virtually any device at scale. Media 5 hours each of Standard Passthrough, Live Transcription, and Standard Streaming endpoint 12 months
Embed AI-powered monitoring features to proactively diagnose issues. AI + machine learning 25 time series Always
Gain full observability into your applications, infrastructure, and network. Management and governance See Azure Monitor pricing details for free amounts per feature Always
Monitor, diagnose, and gain insights into your network performance and health. Networking 5 GB storage with 1,000 checks, 10 tests, and 10 connection metrics Always
Send push notifications to any platform from any back end. Mobile 1 million push notifications with free namespace Always
Accelerate machine learning with curated datasets. AI + machine learning Free (egress charges may apply) Always
Deliver rich, personalized experiences for every user. AI + machine learning 50,000 transactions S0 tier 12 months
Privately access services on Azure, keeping your data on the Microsoft network. Networking Free Always
Create a conversational question-and-answer bot from your existing content. AI + machine learning 3 managed documents S0 tier 12 months
Simplify how you manage your app resources. Management and governance Free Always
Prevent, detect, and respond to threats with increased visibility and control over the security of your Azure resources. Security Free policy assessment and recommendations Always
Get reliable cloud messaging as a service with simple hybrid integration. Integration 750 hours and 13 million operations Standard tier base unit 12 months
Build and operate always-on, scalable, distributed apps. Containers Free Always
Build mixed reality apps that map, share, and persist 3D content. Mixed reality 10,000 anchors queried Always
Accurately verify and identify speakers by their unique voice characteristics. AI + machine learning 10,000 transactions each of speaker verification, speaker identification, and voice storage Always
Transcribe spoken audio to text. AI + machine learning 5 audio hours each of Standard, Custom, and Conversation Transcription Multichannel Audio, 1 Custom endpoint hosting model Always
Integrate real-time speech translation into your app. AI + machine learning 5 audio hours Standard Always
Create a SQL database that delivers intelligence built-in. Databases 250 GB S0 instance with 10 database transaction units 12 months
Build, test, and demonstrate applications in a nonproduction environment. Developer tools Free Always
Streamline full-stack development from source code to global high availability. Compute 100 GB bandwidth per subscription, 2 custom domains and .5 GB storage per app Always
Build apps that convert text to lifelike speech. AI + machine learning 5 million characters Standard, 500,000 characters Neural, and 5 million characters Custom, 1 Custom endpoint hosting model Always
Add real-time, multi-language text translation to your apps, websites, and tools. AI + machine learning 2 million characters S0 tier 12 months
Create Linux virtual machines with on-demand capacity in seconds. Compute 750 hours B1s burstable virtual machines 12 months
Create Windows virtual machines with on-demand capacity in seconds. Compute 750 hours B1s burstable virtual machines 12 months
Provision private networks and connect to on-premises datacenters. Networking 50 virtual networks Always
Boost productivity with a powerful, lightweight code editor for cloud development. Developer tools Free Always
Establish secure, cross-premises connectivity. Networking 750 hours VpnGw1 Gateway Type 12 months
Build real-time, two-way communication into your web and mobile apps. Web 20,000 messages per unit per day and 20 concurrent connections per unit (1 unit max) Always

Save up to 80 percent on pay-as-you-go pricing with these discounts

Azure savings plan for compute

Save up to 65 percent2 on select compute services with an easy, flexible savings plan. Choose your plan term and the amount you'll spend each hour. Get savings optimized across your usage.

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Azure Reserved VM Instances

Save up to 72 percent3 compared to pay-as-you-go pricing with one-year or three-year terms on Linux or Windows virtual machines.

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Azure Hybrid Benefit

Use your on-premises Windows Server or SQL Server licenses with Software Assurance to save up to 80 percent4 compared to pay-as-you-go pricing when you combine with cost savings from Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instances.

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Dev/test pricing

Get discounted rates on Azure for ongoing development and testing, for services including Azure Virtual Machines, HDInsight, and Azure App Service.

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112 months free services is available only to new customers who have not previously had an Azure account or received 12 months of free services. It is not currently available to customers who sign up directly for pay as you go in China and India.

2Customers may see savings estimated to be between 11 percent and 65 percent. The 65 percent savings is based on one M64dsv2 Azure VM for CentOS or Ubuntu Linux in the East US region running for 36 months at a pay-as-you-go rate of ~$4868.37/month vs. a reduced rate for a 3-year savings plan of ~$1703.44/month. Based on Azure pricing as of October 2022. Prices subject to change. Actual savings may vary based on location, instance type, or usage.

3The 72 percent savings is based on one M32ts Azure VM for SUSE Linux Enterprise + 24x7 Support OS in the West US 2 region running for 36 months at a pay-as-you-go rate of ~$1976.11/month vs. a reduced rate for a 3-year reserved instance of ~$552.85/month. Based on Azure pricing as of February 22, 2022. Prices subject to change. Actual savings may vary based on location, instance type, or usage.

4The 80 percent savings is based on D4_v2 three-year RI in West US 2 Region and Software Assurance cost (Level A) for Windows Server Standard edition (four 2-core licenses). Actual savings may vary based on region, instance type, usage or customer specific Windows Server license cost. Based on prices as of November 2017.

Other ways to pay for Azure

Explore more options for purchasing Azure, including through your Microsoft representative or as part of a managed service from a Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider. Choose the best option for your organization.

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