Microsoft SaaS: Free Month Of Windows Azure For US Developers
If you’ve been on the fence about making the jump to developing on the Microsoft Windows Azure and SQL Azure cloud platforms, then The VAR Guy has some good news for you: Microsoft is giving out one free one month passes to US developers. Here’s the scoop.
The first 500 US-based people to sign up every month get the so-called Windows Azure One Month Pass USA, says the official Windows Azure team blog entry. If you’re lucky enough to get ahold of a pass, you get access to both platforms for the calendar month without so much as a credit card required.
Microsoft’s already claiming that it has 16,000 cloud partners, and we know that Windows Azure is a major part of the company’s enterprise strategy going forward. But will the One Month Pass initiative get Azure the kind of widespread adoption Microsoft is clearly looking for?