Announcing Microsoft Azure for Student Developers

Microsoft brings Azure and the power of the cloud to student developers


In today’s mobile first, cloud first world, it’s critical that student developers have access to the latest tools that empower them to create compelling digital experiences.  In support of student developers, we’re happy to announce a new offering that enables students to take advantage of the power of the cloud with the launch of Microsoft Azure for student developers.

This new Microsoft Azure offer enables students everywhere, to explore and expand their development skills in the cloud.  It supports the mission we outlined with the launch of Microsoft Imagine: to connect student developers with the tools and knowledge needed to create, code and bring their ideas to life.  It’s not just about the creative spark, but about the ability to turn those ideas into something tangible, like a website or a web app or a cloud service.  

Student developers are growing up in a world that requires them to leverage cloud services to deliver cool and modern experiences.  Microsoft Azure is a great fit for students, because of its speed and flexibility enabling the creation and development of websites and web apps. This new offer for students, available today in 140 countries, gives young developers access to the latest technology, allowing them to develop in or deploy sites and apps to the cloud, at no cost and with no credit card required.

Our new Microsoft Azure offer for students offers a number of rich features that will make it easy to develop websites and web apps in the cloud. As an example; Azure App Service Web Apps enables students to build, deploy and scale web apps in seconds, whether they’re programming in ASP.NET, Java, PHP, Node.js or Python.  Another feature, called Application Insights, gives students a 360° view across availability, performance and usage of ASP.NET services and mobile applications for Windows Phone, iOS and Android.

Microsoft Azure is an open platform that supports many programming languages – and perhaps the quickest path to developing for Microsoft Azure is through Visual Studio Online. Visual Studio Online is the fastest and easiest way yet to plan, build and ship software across a variety of platforms. Students can get up and running in minutes on our cloud infrastructure without having to install or configure a single server.  And of course VS-Online is also available as part of this new student offer.

I’m passionate about student developers – and the incredible innovations they are bringing to the world.   In that light I could not be happier to provide access to tools that help students unlock that innovation through this new offering.  I cannot wait to see what comes next.

Watch this short video clip from Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President of Cloud + Enterprise, to learn more about the goodness students can start taking advantage of now.

Get coding in the cloud and sign up for Microsoft Azure for students today.




NOTE:  To answer some of the questions below, the Azure team has identified the issue causing sign on challenges.  Anyone with an existing subscription older that 9 months cannot activate our new offer – this was not the intention and the team is looking for a long term fix.  That said, today the workaround is to:

1.  Go to the Azure support site…

2.  Select “Having issues with sign in or signing up from an account”

3.  From the next page, select “I cannot sign up for a new account”

4.  Click “Start Request”

You will need to supply the support team with the email you sued to initially sign up for your DreamSpark account – they will be able to resolve it from there.  If you are still having issues after going through the Azure support process, contact the Microsoft Imagine team directly via