Azure Free Account

Microsoft have revamped their trial accounts and now offer what is known as a “Free Account”. The Free Account, offers a combination of $250 dollars of credit that can be used over 3 months, similar to the previous trial account. However, Microsoft now offer additional products and services that are either free for an additional 12 months, or remain free for the lifetime of the account. These accounts are now perfect for IT professionals or developers to get hands on with Azure.

The free account can be created at the following link https://azure.microsoft.com/en-au/free/. After the account has been created you are able to create services from the Free Services menu in the Azure Portal.

The free services are broken down in to services that are free for the first 12 months, and those that are always free. The Free Services menu makes it easy to distinguish between the free services on offer.

Below is a full list of services that are available in the Free Account. For other important information please see the FAQ https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/free/free-account-faq/

Service

Free Period

750 hours of Azure B1S General Purpose Virtual Machines for Microsoft Windows Server

12 months

750 hours of Azure B1S General Purpose Virtual Machines for Linux

12 months

128 GB of Managed Disks as a combination of two 64 GB (P6) SSD storage, plus 1 GB snapshot and 2 million I/O operations

12 months

5 GB of LRS-Hot Blob Storage with 2 million read, 2 million write, and 2 million write/list operations

12 months

5 GB of LRS File Storage with 2 million read, 2 million list, and 2 million other file operations

12 months

250 GB of SQL Database standard S0 instance with 10 database transaction units

12 months

5 GB of Azure Cosmos DB with 400 reserved in units

12 months

15 GB of bandwidth for outbound data transfer with free unlimited inbound transfer

12 months

5 GB of bandwidth for outbound data transfer with free unlimited inbound transfer

Always free after first 12 months

10 web, mobile, or API apps with Azure App Service with 1 GB storage

Always free

1 million requests and 400,000 GBs of resource consumption with Azure Functions

Always free

Free Azure Container service to cluster virtual machines

Always free

50,000 stored objects with Azure Active Directory with single sign-on (SSO) for 10 apps per user

Always free

50,000 monthly stored users and 50,000 authentications per month with Azure Active Directory B2C

Always free

Free Azure Service Fabric to build microservice apps

Always free

First 5 users free with Visual Studio Team Services

Always free

Unlimited nodes (server or platform-as-a-service instance) with Application Insights and 1 GB of telemetry data included per month

Always free

Unlimited use of Azure DevTest Labs

Always free

Machine Learning with 100 modules and 1 hour per experiment with 10 GB included storage

Always free

Free policy assessment and recommendations with Azure Security Center

Always free

Unlimited recommendations and best practices with Azure Advisor

Always free

Free Azure IoT Hub edition includes 8,000 messages per day with 0.5 KB message meter size

Always free

Free public load-balanced IP with Azure Load Balancer

Always free

5 free low frequency activities with Azure Data Factory

Always free

50 MB storage for 10,000 hosted documents with Azure Search including 3 indexes per service

Always free

Free namespace and 1 million push notifications with Azure Notification Hubs

Always free

Unlimited Azure Batch usage for job scheduling and cluster management

Always free

Free 500 minutes of job run time with Azure Automation

Always free

Unlimited users and 5,000 catalog objects with Azure Data Catalog

Always free

30,000 transactions per month processing at 20 transactions per minute with Face API

Always free

5,000 transactions per month with Bing Speech API

Always free

Free 2 million characters included for Translator Text API

Always free

Free 500 MB-per-day analysis plus 7-day retention period with Log Analytics

Always free

Free Scheduler with 1 job collection, 5 jobs per collection, and 3,600 job executions

Always free

50 virtual networks free with Azure Virtual Network

Always free

Unlimited inbound Inter-VNet data transfer

Always free