Home > Internet > Try Out Windows Azure for One Month – Free Try Out Windows Azure for One Month – Free Submitted by Amy Bennett 2010-08-09 Internet 4 Comments Between now and October 31, 2010, Microsoft is giving one-month passes to the Windows Azure platform to the first 500 developers to respond to the offer. About The Author David Adams Follow me on Twitter @david_adams 4 Comments 2010-08-10 2:52 am google_ninja I am just amazed that ms doesn’t offer a free version of the service. I mean, google is able to offer a gig in both directions per day for free. Thats sort of over the top, but even a smaller platform like heroku that is basically reselling ec2 instances is free with one worker and a 5mb db. 2010-08-10 9:26 am torp Never mind. The sad news for Microsoft is that I don’t care. From the other comment i gather that it’s some sort of Amazon EC2. I knew what EC2 was, but i gave up on keeping up with Microsoft “technologies” when I tried to find an overview of the .net platform (back at .net 1.0) and couldn’t find an introduction to what it is on the microsoft site. As some other people said better than me, Microsoft is losing developer mind share and slowly going into obsolescence. 2010-08-10 9:42 pm samw Just thought it might be worth pointing out that one has to be from the US to take part in trial. Hope somebody finds this useful, perhaps it’s worth mentioning in the article? Hope I don’t seem pedantic, Sam. 2010-08-11 2:33 pm kaiwai As neat as Azure is, one has to look at the bandwidth charges for countries like New Zealand not only because of traffic out of New Zealand but also the fact that the data centre itself resides outside the country which pushes it up even further. If Microsoft really want to get people using these data centres around the globe it might require them to invest in some major backhaul capacity so that they’re not at the mercy of the large teleco’s (most of whom are monopolies).