Continue Azure offering free for Developers
After February 1st 2010, it's going to be tough for developers/freelancers/hobbiest to learn, test and deploy azure applications as it's going to be billed for everything.
Like Google AppEngine (http://code.google.com/appengine/whyappengine.html#norisk) Azure should provide free offering for developers with some similar limitations and if the usage goes beyond, one can enter in billing.
For more information about these services, please check out the following blog post: http://aka.ms/AzureFreeServices.
You can get started using these services for free by creating a new Windows Azure account: http://aka.ms/GetStartedWithFreeServices
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José Manuel Nieto Sánchez commented
I'm a developer, not a company. I cannot learn Azure because Microsoft wants me "to pay as I (try to) learn". How in life would I be interested in Azure if the first thing they do is asking for my credit card?
Offer a reasonable option for developers. Otherwise, apply yourself one of the catchphrases that Duke Nukem said related to eating.
I am a system admin (MCSA server 2012) and need to learn Azura lift and shift. $200 ran out in 20 days and now have to pay. This is ridiculous. How Microsoft will get more certified people if they don't provide us chances.
whitehat hamza commented
There is a free tier without the need for a credit card only for MSDN subscribers. Indie developers have other free options of course, not with MS though. And that is not great for MS losing on a lot of potential success stories.
Google, and others, are smarter that way, allowing anyone to make use of their services, all API open up to an adequate and reasonable certain level of usage for fledgling studios.
You can continue using their services for free without being billed but you will be dropping users after a certain point. It is your choice to benefit by giving your card details if you have one. Not a prerequisite.
Free Dev Love, Free Marketing, One Additional Growth Channel. Not a bad deal for both.
Hi Haris, Thought i would jump in, im in my 4th year studying software development, im researching into my final year project where one element is using cloud development technology and i got excited when i came across "Getting started on Windows Azure with Java on a Virtual Machine " and tomcat couldn't ask for more,
But then after getting excited i see that i have to pay after 90 days.
Just curious have you even looked into you competitors such as google app engine who offer it free as long as the site hits remain under 1 million per month. How many developers have you lost because of this.
You keep mentioning cost effective where google just says free ?
Im really looking forward to your response.
Developers should receive a limited amount of access to SQL Azure with a Technet subscription
Roger Jennings commented
You began your rant with "I am a developer with HP" so I assume you are speaking on behalf of HP.
How long does HP offer their "Converged Cloud" services for free?
Is HP *not* about PROFIT?
I agree, even Amazon provides 1 yr free hosting for both Linux & Windows servers...!
I am a developer with HP. Big Business is capping usage on everything from Cell Data, now to AZURE development. Free for several months - 90 Days - so if you can learn it in 90 days, and if you want to DOUBLE, TRIPLE, check your code before you compile and get charged for every cpu cycle you utilize - GOOD LUCK.
Microsoft is about PROFIT, not about the Customer or the Developer. It comes down to Bad Management at Microsoft. Perhaps this individual or Group that decided to charge for EVERYTHING, will eventually be let go and someone with some actual education will be promoted into the position. So many unemployed developers, Learn Azure - sounds like - oops - wait, take all your money and spend it at AZURE.COM - Right... It is unfortunate that the World Leader in software, is not an Elected Position - this team would be long gone...
What is a month any half decent app will take months probably years to develop and it will take a number of years more before it makes any real money..
"Not only is creating an App Engine application easy, it's free! You can create an account and publish an application that people can use right away at no charge, and with no obligation. When you need to use more resources, you can enable billing and allocate your budget according to your needs"
Sean Haddy commented
Dreamspark should have free membership!
There should be a way to have a free or low cost offerings to developers in general, not just MSDN subscribers or BizSpark users. Like Amazon is giving a small Linux instance for free for a full year. A free/low cost offering would really help us to try and be more confident in developing apps for Azure for the future.
allow ceilings on azure service consumption, thus cost ceilings. Free premliminary thresh-hold (like for msdn premium developers), cuts entry costs, but in principle there is no ceiling. Any demo i make, that is succcessful for users of it, can have costs shoot through the clouds!