Pay only for what you use, scale up when you need capacity and pull it back when you don't, all this power is provided by the Windows Azure Platform at your fingertips. During PDC 2010 we announced much new functionality to become available at the end of this calendar year. Some of these new functionalities are available as of today:
- Full Administrative Access
- Full IIS Access
- Remote Desktop
- Windows Azure Connect
- VM Role
All this and much more can be done in three easy steps.
Setup a Free Account
You'll need an account and subscription to access Windows Azure Portal allowing you to deploy your apps. Microsoft offers two choices for having a free subscription:
- Windows Azure Introductory Special: Limited of one per customer and includes a base amount of Azure platform services with no monthly commitment and free of charge.
- Navigate to Microsoft Online Services Customer Portal.
- Select country you live in and press continue.
- Right click on sign in link to sign in the portal.
- Click View Service Details link under the Windows Azure Platform section.
- Locate Windows Azure Platform Introductory Special offer and click on buy.
- Provide a name for the subscription.
- Check Rate Plan check box below and click next
- Enter Billing information and click next
- Check Agreement box and click purchase.
- Windows Azure for MSDN Subscribers providing a total of 16-month free access to Azure Platform:
- Sign in to Microsoft Online Services Customer Portal.
- Click Subscriptions tab and find the subscription called "Windows Azure Platform MSDN Premium".
- Under Actions section, make sure one of the options is "Opt out of auto renew". This ensures your benefits will extend automatically. If you see "Opt in to auto renew" instead, select it and click Go to ensure your benefits continue for another 8 months.
- After your first 8 months of benefits have elapsed (you can check your start date by hovering over the "More…" link under "Windows Azure Platform MSDN Premium" on this same page), you 'll need to come back to this page and choose "Opt out of auto renew" so that your account will close at the end of the 16-month introductory benefit period. If you keep this account active after 16 months, all usage will be charged at the normal "consumption" rates.
Note: You can have both offers active at the same time providing even more free access to the Windows Azure Platform and related new functionalities.
Quick Tips: Activate MSDN Subscriber Azure Benefits:
Quick Tips: Activating a Windows Azure Introductory Offer: