Azure Free Trial Offers, Windows Azure Discounts and Other Bonus Offers

Category: Azure

sharepointAzureGuideA lot of you probably know there are some free trial offers and Windows Azure discounts available, but there were a couple I did not even know about (for education as an example or that Partners do not receive a monthly discounted hourly rate). As of 10/8/13 I am mostly certain these discounts & offers are all correct. Remember, Microsoft may change these policies/prices at any time so double check their website.


Current Free Trial Offers & Free Credits for General Public


Discounted Hourly Rates for Pre-payment of 6 or 12 months (minimum $500 monthly spend)


MSDN Subscribers

  • MSDN subscribers receive a 33% discount on Windows Virtual Machines, and 25% discounts on Cloud Services, HDInsight, and Reserved Websites.
  • Professional – $50 monthly credit
  • Test Professional – $50 monthly credit
  • MSDN Platforms – $100 monthly credit
  • Visual Studio Premium – MSDN Platforms – $100 monthly credit
  • Visual Studio Ultimate – MSDN Platforms – $150 monthly credit
  • No additional charge for using MSDN software



BizSpark Benefits


Microsoft Partner Benefits

Interestingly, Microsoft Partners do not receive a discount on the hourly billing rates as the MSDN & BizSpark members do. For the first month after activation of your benefit, you receive $200 of Windows Azure credits. After the first month, you receive $100 of Windows Azure credits every month.


Google Cloud Platform Bonus

This has nothing to do with Azure, nor am I saying it is much the same since Google hasn’t released general availability of Windows server running on its platform yet. However if you are interested in trying out their platform to see how it compares, I did find this $500 credit to launch your idea link. Follow these instructions:

To claim your $500 in credit follow the three steps below:

  1. Go
  2. Click Apply Now
  3. Complete the form with code: “GCP-Live”

If you find any discrepancies, expired or other offers leave a comment below!

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