If you’ve worked with Azure you know that the SDK provides a simulation environment that lets you do a lot of local Azure development without even needing an Azure account. You can even do hybrid (something I like to do) where you’re running code locally but using Azure storage, queues, SQL Azure.

However, wouldn’t it be nice if you had a credit-card free way that you could get a developer account to really push stuff up to Azure, for FREE? Now you can! I’m not sure how long this will last, or if there’s a limit on how many will be issued, but right now, you can get (FOR FREE):

The Windows Azure platform 30 day pass includes the following resources:

  • Windows Azure
    • 4 small compute instances
    • 3GB of storage
    • 250,000 storage transactions

  • SQL Azure
    • Two 1GB Web Edition database

  • AppFabric
    • 100,000 Access Control transactions
    • 2 Service Bus connections

  • Data Transfers (per region)
    • 3 GB in
    • 3 GB out

Important: At the end of the 30 days all of your data will be erased. Please ensure you move your application and data to another Windows Azure Platform offer.

You may review the Windows Azure platform 30 day pass privacy policy here.


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