Azure: Getting Started with a free trial

If you are looking to test the waters with Microsoft Azure there are a couple of free trials available to you, if you know where to look. Here’s what I’ve found so far.

  • The first and most obvious, is signing up at azure.microsoft.com. At the time of writing, this will give you AUD $260 credit for 30 days, after which the services will stop unless you migrate them to one of the free or paid tiers.
  • The second trial I will point you to is Visual Studio Dev Essentials. This one gets you AUD $31.85/month credit for one year. Along with a host of other trial offers such as PluralSight and Opsgility.

    That doesn’t seem like a lot, but if your testing, and can cut costs with some of the free tiers it may be more than enough.
  • The final place to check is Microsoft IT Pro Cloud Essentials. The offers here vary from region to region and have changed over time, but currently in Australia you can get $25/month in Azure credit for one year. In the US, I think this currently defaults to the standard free trial above.

At this time, both the Visual Studio Dev Essentials, and IT Pro Cloud Essentials trials are able to be used in conjunction with the standard free trial. They are not compatible with each other however (at least, not in Australia).

I’ll be looking for other offers and update this post as they become available. If you are aware of any, let me know.

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