Free Azure for Students through Microsoft Imagine

We are very pleased to share the announcement that effective immediately, students in the UK and well over 100 other countries around the world are able to access and use Microsoft Azure for free, allowing them to develop or deploy sites and apps to the cloud, at no cost and with no credit card required.

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As some of the familiar faces in the video from last year testify, programmers and coders are that “great coders are today’s rock stars of the future”, so it is in everyone's interest that we nurture these young creative minds and give them the best possible environment in which to flourish and built our future. The Microsoft Azure offer for students provides a number of rich features that will make it easy to develop websites and web apps in the cloud. By learning 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, students can acquire and hone valuable skills that will be crucial for their future careers as developers.

The Azure for Students offer was announced by Scott Guthrie earlier this week, and you can learn more about the offer itself, and how to get started by watching this short video, and by referring to the content below from the Microsoft Azure for DreakSpark page:


Microsoft Azure for DreamSpark gets you started with the services you need to develop in the cloud at no cost:
  • Azure App Service Web Apps is a part of a fully managed Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that enables you to build, deploy and scale web Apps in seconds.  Use ASP.NET, Java, PHP, Node.js or Python. Run popular web apps and CMS solutions including WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Umbraco and DotNetNuke. Set up continuous integration and deployment workflows with VSO, GitHub, TeamCity, Hudson or BitBucket – enabling you to automatically build, test and deploy your web app on each successful code check-in or integration tests.
  • 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 for DreamSpark 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 more 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.

Further reading:

Microsoft brings Azure and the power of the cloud to student developers – Steve Guggenheimer

Resources & Training:

 Azure App Service Web Apps Overview

 Get Started with Application Insights

 Visual Studio Online Fundamentals

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