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At the keynote on Monday of TechEd NA (June 3), we made some pretty big announcements around how Windows Azure Trials and various subscription benefits would be changing. So for today’s edition of our “TechEd 2013 Favorites” series, I thought I’d briefly introduce you to some surprising changes to the options you have for “kicking the tires” with Windows Azure.
“So.. the 90-day trial is changed?”
It is. In fact, it is no more. But don’t worry. The new trial is better. -->* http://aka.ms/DoAzure *<-- But before I get ahead of myself, the areas of change I want to cover are:
So let’s discuss them.
The Free Trial
The Windows Azure trial is now one month of up to $200 worth of usage. Rather than trying to give you three months of usage, but then suddenly disabling your trial before the end of the month if you’ve over-stepped the trial limits (which, I hope you’ll agree, was a better alternative than charging your credit card!), it was determined that a straight-up dollar limit would be given to you, with a limit of up to one month of usage. So, how ever you want to use Windows Azure, you can do it until your $200 are used up, or until the end of your month of usage.
Use of Azure in the free trial can only be for testing or training. No “production” use.
Your Windows Azure usage available depends upon the level of subscription you have:
Like the free trial, this usage is for non-production use only, and starts with $200 worth of use for the first month. Subsequent months will grant you the dollar values you see above.
Microsoft Partner Network
Registered members of the Microsoft Partner Network can take advantage of $200 of usage in the first month, and then are granted $100 for subsequent months. (Not bad!)
Registered members of the BizSpark program can take advantage of $200 of usage in the first month, and then are granted $150 for subsequent months. (Even better!) They receive the same benefits as an MSDN Ultimate customer; however, an exception has been made for BizSpark members on the no production use restriction. BizSpark customer may use their benefit for production use. (Sweet!)
“So Kevin… how do I know how much I’ve spent during the month in my Windows Azure trial subscription?”
Great question! While you’re in the Windows Azure Administrator console, you’ll see your name up to the top-right. Click on it to reveal a menu, and click on “View my bill”…
Click on the subscription that you want to review, and you should see an “overview” list of the various usages (data transfer in/out, storage, transactions, compute hours, etc.) and the amount that you have spent in each area.
Good stuff? I think so. It simplifies what you can do with the free trial.