Windows Azure Platform Offer Comparison Table, is used to summarize all the offers available around Microsoft's Cloud platform. It offers details on: "Introductory Special, Cloud Essentials, MSDN Professional, MSDN Premium, MSDN Ultimate, Development Accelerator Core, SQL Azure Development Accelerator Core, Development Accelerator Extended and Consumption."
Microsoft offers information on all elements associated with a specific offer, including: "Compute, Storage, Storage transactions, Content Delivery Network, Virtual Network, web database, business database, Access Control transactions, Service Bus connections and data transfers."
As the official label of the promotion notes, the Trial Introductory Special is available at no cost, as long as devs respect certain usage limitations. They'll be billed however if usage surpasses the amounts set by the software giant at standard rates.
There's one drawback for this offer however, the "introductory special will end on September 30, 2011 and all usage will then be charged at the standard rates," the company said.
Another excellent offer is Cloud Essentials, also available free of charge. But MSDN Professional, MSDN Premium and MSDN Ultimate will also allow subscribers to use Windows Azure for free.