If you are an existing Visual Studio Professional, Premium or Ultimate with MSDN subscriber, you get free access to Windows Azure each month, and up to $3,700.00 in annual Windows Azure benefits at no charge.
This offer provides a base level of Compute, Storage, SQL Azure database, Access Control, Service Bus and Caching each month at no charge.
Spending limits are a new feature we added to Windows Azure last month, and ensure that you never have to worry about accidentally going over the resources included in a free offer and being charged.
You can easily track what resources you’ve used on Windows Azure by clicking the “Account” tab of the www.windowsazure.com web-site. This is another new feature we added to Windows Azure last month, and it allows customers (both free trial and paid) to easily see what resources they’ve used and how much it is costing them.
Benefits are offered world-wide.
Get more details, see Get up to $3,700.00 in annual Windows Azure benefits at no charge.
Getting Started with MSDN Subscription
There are several ways to get an MSDN Subscription:
- Purchase one of Visual Studio subscription offers.
- Qualify for the Silver or Gold ISV Competency (or other competencies)
- If you are a startup, join BizSpark.
Or if you are in an enteprise, there’s a good chance you already have access to it.
How to Purchase an MSDN Subscriptions
To buy or renew a MSDN subscription please contact your Microsoft Partner or local Reseller.
Purchasing more than one license? Microsoft Volume Licensing offers flexible licensing solutions for companies needing multiple licenses and helps volume customers save time & money.
Also Available as Benefit through Microsoft Partner Network
Another way you may have an MSDN Subscription is through the Microsoft Partner Network.
ISVs can earn the ISV Competency and receive MSDN Subscriptions that entitle you to compute hours and benefits on Windows Azure.
To qualify for the Silver ISV Competency:
- Deliver one product or application that has passed one qualifying Microsoft Platform Test. (Get details.)
- Provide three verifiable customer references. (Get details.)
- Complete a full profile and pay the silver membership fee
You can use the License Calculator to help you better understand your software benefits based on the type and number of competencies you earn.
To get started, see ISV Competency Requirements.
BizSpark for Startups
BizSpark will fast-track the success of your startup with software, support & visibility. One of the benefits of the program is to help jumpstart your business. If you are a development company, privately held, less than three years old, and are making less than $1 million/year (US) in revenue, you qualify. Sign up for BizSpark.
Bruce D. Kyle
ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation