We want to ensure students around the world aren’t left behind, so today we launched Microsoft Azure for student developers.



We want to ensure students around the world aren’t left behind, so today we launched Microsoft Azure for student developers.

This new offer for students in 140 countries around the world gets you started with the services you need most to develop in the cloud at no cost and with no credit card required:

· Azure Websites is a fully managed Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that enables you to build, deploy and scale enterprise-grade web Apps in seconds. Focus on your application code, and let Azure take care of the infrastructure to scale and securely run it for you. It supports up to ten websites or web apps, with 1GB of storage and 165MB of daily bandwidth.

· Application Insights provides a 360° view across availability, performance and usage of your ASP.NET services and mobile applications for Windows Phone, iOS and Android platforms. Search and analyze your data to continuously improve your application, prioritize future investments and improve overall customer experience.

· Visual Studio Online is the fastest and easiest way yet to plan, build, and ship software across a variety of platforms. Get up and running in minutes on our cloud infrastructure without having to install or configure a single server.

Microsoft Azure is available now for validated DreamSpark students at no cost and no commitment, with no time limit and no accidental charges. You can upgrade to paid services later if you want, but you can host your web apps and websites today with the power of the Microsoft cloud behind you and it won’t cost you anything.

When combined with Visual Studio Community 2013 for coding and the GitHub Student Pack to add more services and tools to your project, Microsoft Azure provides an incredible free launchpad for students. And we’ve got great free online courses for students to jump into web development at Microsoft Virtual Academy.

We’re very excited to bring this offer to students.

Can educators use this offer?

No, this offer is for students. Educators can apply for the Azure Educator Grant, which offers free Azure for teaching and learning.

Comments (3)

  1. Elvis says:

    That is so awesome!

  2. Derek Foster says:

    This is really great, I use the Azure Academic Pass extensively across a number of modules, but for other modules it is a bit overkill and this looks like a good fit for some basic cloud space. Lee – as students access this through their Dreamspark account, would they configure it through the Azure portal 'Web App' feature, and do they have access to any storage (over and above the 1GB space) for the likes of a mySQL db?

  3. Lee Stott says:


    As always great questions!

    What is the offer?

    Students with a validated DreamSpark subscription can receive a new Azure offer which includes the following services:

    • Websites

    • Application Insights

    • Visual Studio Online

    I have to stress this is not a pass or a token and no credit card is required.

    The Azure DreamSpark offer is a new Azure offer specifically created for students.

    Once a student gets the offer, they now have a free Azure subscription with the above services. This subscription does not expire.

    Why do students have to sign up separately?

    Cloud services typically require a credit card to use their free trial. But worldwide, many students do not have credit cards and cannot readily get them. Our Azure student offer does not have a credit card requirement so that students in 140 countries can begin learning and using cloud services with no roadblocks.

    This offer is basically just free web hosting.

    In terms of where is the rest of Azure, like SQL Database or Mobile Services?

    Our initial offer is focused on students who are learning web development. With this offer they can host up to ten free websites or web apps with 1GB of storage and 165MB of bandwidth daily.

    More importantly, they can learn to develop, publish, and maintain a live web project through an enterprise-grade cloud service and learn more about web analytics with the included Application Insights service. All of this provides valuable skills that will be crucial for their future careers as developers.

    When will other Azure services be added to the offer?

    Our student offer today consists of Azure Websites, Application Insights, and Visual Studio Online. We will learn from our students how they use Azure and what their priorities will be now that they’ve begun exploring our cloud services. This will guide us in expanding the offer later on.

    What if a student publishes a website that goes viral and is suddenly in high demand – couldn’t they run up thousands of dollars in hosting fees unexpectedly?

    Our Azure offer for students does not require a credit card and so the students cannot be charged. If their site exceeds the daily bandwidth cap, the site is automatically turned off until the end of the day when the daily bandwidth cap resets.

    What if a student wants to add more storage or bandwidth for their site?

    A student using our Azure offer can upgrade to our full Azure free trial, which includes $200 in usage credit and all of our free-tier services, by entering a credit card. They can then pay for additional storage, bandwidth, and other services just like any other Azure subscriber.

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