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Offer an ACTUALLY free program for INDIVIDUAL students without credit card

There was a question about this but it was closed several days ago. I know there is windowsazure pass but that is only for educators. It would be awesome if you can just verify your student identity (Like in Dreamspark) and then get serveral websites for free.

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    JiapingJiaping shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    under review  ·  Asim MitraAsim Mitra responded  · 

    Would love to hear more on the kind of services you believe should be made available to students as part of this free offer.


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      • JAaron AndersonJAaron Anderson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        if you wanted VS, just go to VisualStudio.com think outside the student box but don't try to cheat as a student to commercialize developments and youll deploy VS fine. GL

      • BillingBilling commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This would just open Azure up to abuse (e.g. DoS attackers) whose identity wouldn't be traceable. A credit/debit card SHOULD be required, even if students get extended free usage.

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      • JPJP commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Currently with the student program (via dreamspark) you can only create a 20MB MySQL database and a web app.
        I suggest adding at least SQL Server and offering more than 20MB.

      • stefanstefan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I would be great to be able to create KeyVaults as part of a Dreamspark'ed Azure account.

      • RobRob commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        if you do offer an option for students, maybe you could have an option for IT Pros who maintain personal labs, IT Pros spend alot of money on equipment for Labs as we transition to the cloud currently we have to use a pay as you go subscription (this can get very costly for individuals) it could be a replacement for the old TechNet subscription

      • PetersPeters commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi if your problem is still not solved you can actually try using "Cloudbacko home" i am basically using this software from long time and really satisfied using this software. Cloudbacko home can actually gives you Free large space for taking backup. I am leaving a link below just check: http://www.cloudbacko.com/free-backup.jsp

      • R. PotterR. Potter commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I agree! It only makes fiscal sense to provide students with the tools that you would like them to use AFTER school, during a career, especially, I.T. students, as well as developers, computer science students, etc......

      • David NashDavid Nash commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is offered now. You can register for Azure once you have verified status in DreamSpark. They only give you a web app though, no data or VMs. This makes it pretty limited, almost useless. You'll fair much better using AWS as a student.

      • MikeMike commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I can't speak for Jiaping who originally posted this, but in my opinion something very simple and very low end. Maybe allow for building perhaps a maximum of 6 VMs (A0 or A1 maybe?) I understand that would be about $360US a month though, so that's a mighty big free offer. Maybe it would be possible to limit how long they can be running continuously? Or maybe a lower tier, perhaps an A-1 ("negative 1") sort of thing?

        What I would be looking for would be the ability to build a lab of VMs that I could access from anywhere. I could use it to study for System Center exams for example and run my VM lab in Azure as opposed to investing in the hardware to build a Hyper-V machine and being tied to it. Running it in Azure I could access it from anywhere using a laptop. If I need to present something in class being able to access the VMs in Azure would be a tremendous benefit.

        Thanks for taking the time to listen.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        As someone who works in education this would be fantastic for our Students on Dreamspark!

      • Maria InesMaria Ines commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Any updated on this? I'm preparing for MS exams 70-486 and 70-487 and being able to try out the stuff I learn on Azure would be awesome.

      • George CarlisleGeorge Carlisle commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        What about Student clubs? We want to learn about Azure in this because Faculty has no clue.
        I can get faculty sponsor but we want this to be incubator for startups too and this would put Microsoft right at ground level for new business.

      • JoelJoel commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I forgot to explain that I like the idea of credits that can be used for anything rather than credits specific to a service. I personally may want a website and a virtual machine, but another student may want a SQL database and a VPN. The credits allow both of us to get what we want without driving up costs too much.

      • JoelJoel commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I like the idea of something like $50 of credits per month. Just enough to run a basic website (Standard, not free or Shared, so it works with a domain name) or a virtual machine.

        I am in college now, but do NOT exclude high school students from this offer. The only reason I chose Visual Studio and Azure for a paid software project is that in high school I got Visual Studio Express and Visual Studio free from DreamSpark and some Azure credits (Website Spark I think it was from). Without those credits I would probably be considering Amazon's cloud solution along with the others. Probably using PHP and Linux. And that's just the start of my career.

        That is how powerful $50/month of credits are. I got a special opportunity (Website Spark) that other people don't have.

      • Luís FerreiraLuís Ferreira commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The current model ( http://www.windowsazurepass.com/azureu ) leaves many students hanging, just because their faculty doesn't have any class targeting azure.
        Some low-cost solution would allow a single student to raise azure awareness in a class just by presenting something done with this technology.

      • Florian ZyssetFlorian Zysset commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Agree that would be great. I'm having a Windows Surface for class, and for some of them being able to use a VM in the cloud instead of installing **** software like Oracle on my Surface would be absolutely awesome.

        Moreover, I'm pretty sure if you give students access with, in example, 50$/month like for some MSDN Subscriptions, it could help you develop the cloud by MS.

        Why ?

        Simply because in a few years, they'll be working for companies, and may remind themself using Azure, instead of other cloud provider.

        I'd be happy to share more argument with you if you contact me by email

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