How are A-series instances billed?

Previously, all usage for A0, A2, A3, and A4 Standard and Basic virtual machines was emitted as fractions (for A0) or multiples (for A2, A3, and A4) of A1 virtual machines meter minutes. We heard this caused some confusion for our customers, so we’ve implemented a change to assign per-second usage to dedicated A0, A2, A3, and A4 meters. Because of this transition, the resource GUIDs for A0, A2, A3, and A4 virtual machines will change. If any of your billing routines rely on the resource GUIDs, they’ll need to be modified to take these new billing meters into consideration.

|Deployment size|Usage emitted as multiple of A1 through January 10, 2016|Usage emitted on dedicated meter as of January 11, 2016| |--- |--- |--- | |A0|.25 of A1 hour|1 of A0 hour| |A2|2 of A1 hour|1 of A2 hour| |A3|4 of A1 hour|1 of A3 hour| |A4|8 of A1 hour|1 of A4 hour|

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