On January 4th, the Windows Azure Platform launched commercially (i.e., customers must begin paying for the service) in the following countries:
MSDN Premium subscribers and BizSpark members in the countries listed above are now able to sign up for a special introductory Windows Azure platform offer. This offer lasts 8 months from when the subscriber signs up and provides 750 hours of Windows Azure compute per month plus three SQL Azure databases, AppFabric, and bandwidth. An email communication will be sent out the week of January 11th to all MSDN Premium subscribers in the 21 countries alerting them that they can sign up.
We are not yet communicating when signup for this special introductory offer ends, but it will be only for a limited time, and at least through June 30, 2010.
Subscribers who sign up for this introductory offer will incur overage charges if they exceed their allotted free service per month. As a one-time exception in January 2010, overages will not be charged for the month. Beginning in February, overages charges will be billed if the subscriber uses more than the free amount of service.
Following the end of this special introductory offer signup period—at a date that is yet to be determined—we will provide different levels of Azure benefits to MSDN subscribers based on their subscription level:
- Visual Studio Ultimate with MSDN – 250 hours/month of Windows Azure compute
- Visual Studio Premium with MSDN – 100 hours/month of Windows Azure compute
- Visual Studio Professional with MSDN – 50 hours/month of Windows Azure compute
Details on Azure benefits for subscribers: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/ee461076.aspx.
Other MSDN subscribers who do not qualify for Azure benefits (MSDN OS, MSDN Pro, MSDN Embedded, & Empower) in the launch countries can sign up for the 25 compute hours/month offer available from the Windows Azure Platform site at no charge. This offer, the Windows Azure Platform Introductory Special, is available to anyone, so it is not necessary to be a subscriber to qualify. The SQL Azure benefits are free of charge for the first 3 months and all services are billed after July 31, 2010.
ISV Architect Evangelist