Free Azure services

Microsoft Azure is one of the most powerful platforms on the planet. It offers users a wide range of services to support infrastructure, applications, data and AI. Microsoft is making this platform more accessible than ever and is now making many of the Azure services free to try.

If you sign up for Azure by creating a free account, you get $150 of credit to spend on Azure services (needs to be spent in the first 30 days). A range of services are available for free for the first 12 months for some of Azure’s most popular products and a wide range of services that are always free.

The services obviously come with consumption limits which once hit require payment to continue using them. You can extend the life of your services and reduce any costs by operating them, where possible, outside of work hours. Even with this in mind the service gives you the ability to try new things very quickly and for free, which will help your IT teams discover different ways they could benefit from the cloud platform and explore the full extent of services available.

Below we have detailed out all the services you get free access to.

Available for 12 months

  • 50 hours of Azure B1S General Purpose Virtual Machines for Microsoft Windows Server
  • 750 hours of Azure B1S General Purpose Virtual Machines for Linux
  • 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
  • 5 GB of LRS-Hot Blob Storage with 2 million read, 2 million write and 2 million write/list operations
  • 5 GB of LRS File Storage with 2 million read, 2 million list and 2 million other file operations
  • 250 GB of SQL Database standard S0 instance with 10 database transaction units
  • 5 GB of Azure Cosmos DB with 400 reserved in units
  • 15 GB of bandwidth for outbound data transfer with free unlimited inbound transfer

Always Free

  • 5 GB of bandwidth for outbound data transfer with free unlimited inbound transfer (after the first 12 months)
  • 10 web, mobile or API apps with Azure App Service with 1 GB storage
  • 1 million requests and 400,000 GB s of resource consumption with Azure Functions
  • Free Azure Container service to cluster virtual machines
  • 50,000 stored objects with Azure Active Directory with single sign-on (SSO) for 10 apps per user
  • 50,000 monthly stored users and 50,000 authentications per month with Azure Active Directory B2C
  • Free Azure Service Fabric to build microservice apps
  • First 5 users free with Visual Studio Team Services
  • Unlimited nodes (server or platform-as-a-service instance) with Application Insights and 1 GB of telemetry data included per month
  • Unlimited use of Azure DevTest Labs
  • Machine Learning with 100 modules and 1 hour per experiment with 10 GB included storage
  • Free policy assessment and recommendations with Azure Security Centre
  • Unlimited recommendations and best practices with Azure Advisor
  • Free Azure IoT Hub edition includes 8,000 messages per day with 0.5 KB message meter size
  • Free public load-balanced IP with Azure Load Balancer
  • 5 free low frequency activities with Azure Data Factory
  • 50 MB storage for 10,000 hosted documents with Azure Search, including three indexes per service
  • Free namespace and 1 million push notifications with Azure Notification Hubs
  • Unlimited Azure Batch usage for job scheduling and cluster management
  • 500 minutes of free job runtime with Azure Automation
  • Unlimited users and 5,000 catalogue objects with Azure Data Catalog
  • 30,000 transactions per month processing at 20 transactions per minute with Face API
  • 5,000 transactions per month with Bing Speech API
  • 2 million free characters included for Translator Text API
  • Free 5 GB per month analysis plus 31-day retention period with Log Analytics
  • Free Scheduler with 1 job collection, 5 jobs per collection and 3,600 job executions
  • 50 virtual networks for free with Azure Virtual Network
  • Unlimited inbound Inter-VNet data transfer


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