Sunday, 15 January 2017

How to “play” with Microsoft Azure

Imagine that you’re doing some online courses on Microsoft Azure and related technologies and you need to follow along. What options do you have at your disposal?

I had to answer this question for myself and thought I’d compile a few options and share with the world. In this short summary, you’ll find only those offers that meet these simple conditions:

  • Must have a spending limit or can configure one;
  • Available for single users (there are other offers available to companies but are outside of the scope of this text - you'll find them all in the link below).

Please note that this list is correct as of this writing but may change, as Microsoft updates their offers, so please double check, especially if reading this sometime in the future. Also, even though I did check everything, the official reference is the Microsoft page linked below.

For a list of all Microsoft Azure Offers, please check here.

Now onto the details. If you need to find out on which countries these offers are valid, please check the proper offer link. For each offer I will list:

  • Offer Name and Number with Hyperlink to the offer's page on Microsoft’s Azure site;
  • If a Credit Card is required or not;
  • Spending limit in Euros and USD per month (for other currencies, see the offer page)
  • Monthly Credits Included;
  • Credits duration in months.

 

Free Trial

0044P - Requires a Credit Card, with a monthly limit and credit of USD $200 or 170 EUR for 1 month.

 

Azure Germany Free Trial

0044P - Similar to the above (link is different, though, even if the offer number is the same). Also has a monthly limit and credit of USD $200 or 170 EUR for 1 month.

 

Visual Studio Dev Essentials

0022P - NO credit card required, has a monthly limit and credit of USD $25 or 21.08 EUR for 12 months. Sign up to a Visual Studio Dev Essentials account and then claim the Azure benefits.

 

Microsoft Imagine

0144P - NO credit card required, has a monthly limit and credit of 0 (Zero) EUR or USD with no time limit. Available to students that are validated through the Microsoft Imagine program. Can be used to access services in the free tier (see the offer page for details).

 

Visual Studio Professional subscribers

0059P - NO credit card required, has a monthly limit and credit of USD $50 or 45 EUR, valid while the associated Visual Studio subscription is active. This credit is worth more than it seems because you have access to special rates for Dev/Test machines and also to use Windows 10 machines in Azure.

 

Visual Studio Test Professional subscribers

0060P - NO credit card required, has a monthly limit and credit of USD $50 or 45 EUR, valid while the associated Visual Studio subscription is active. This credit is worth more than it seems because you have access to special rates for Dev/Test machines and also to use Windows 10 machines in Azure.

 

MSDN Platform subscribers

0062P - NO credit card required, has a monthly limit and credit of USD $100 or 85 EUR, valid while the associated MSDN subscription is active. This credit is worth more than it seems because you have access to special rates for Dev/Test machines and also to use Windows 10 machines in Azure.

 

Visual Studio Enterprise subscribers

0063P - NO credit card required, has a monthly limit and credit of USD $150 or 130 EUR, valid while the associated Visual Studio subscription is active. This credit is worth more than it seems because you have access to special rates for Dev/Test machines and also to use Windows 10 machines in Azure.

 

Visual Studio Enterprise (BizSpark) subscribers

0064P - NO credit card required, has a monthly limit and credit of USD $150 or 130 EUR, valid while the associated BizSpark subscription is active. This credit is worth more than it seems because you have access to special rates for Dev/Test machines and also to use Windows 10 machines in Azure.

 

Visual Studio Enterprise (MPN) subscribers

0029P - NO credit card required, has a monthly limit and credit of USD $150 or 130 EUR, valid while the associated Microsoft Partner subscription is active. This credit is worth more than it seems because you have access to special rates for Dev/Test machines and also to use Windows 10 machines in Azure.

 

In conclusion

There are more options than I first thought, and I hope this is useful to others out there, as it was not obvious and also I had to click each offer in turn to find out the details, hence listing the most relevant here for a quicker overview and comparison of the different offers. Have fun exploring Microsoft Azure!

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