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Free compute time on Windows Azure Vol 13-15 | July 29, 2010
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Hi, I'm Barnaby Jeans, Senior Technology Evangelist at Microsoft Canada Inc. As a developer you have likely heard more than a few conversations about “the cloud” and you are likely trying to figure out what it means to you and how you can start to try it out.  The good news is the skills that you have today in building .NET based applications translates very nicely to Windows Azure, and in many cases you can take existing web applications and deploy them directly to the Windows Azure servers unchanged.  More importantly there are a couple of different offers available for you to get free compute time on Windows Azure to try this out.

To take advantage of some free compute time on Windows Azure you need to visit here. If you have purchased an MSDN subscription then you should select the “Special Savings for Members of msdn” at the very bottom of the page (this offer has just been extended to cover 16 months of  Windows Azure usage ).  If you don’t yet have an MSDN subscription , then you should select the “Introductory Special” to receive both free compute time and storage space.

Check out  Cory Fowler’s blog for more detailed information. If you have any questions about Windows Azure or have an application deployed on Azure, or any other cloud service, the team and I are here to help and would love to hear from you.  Please feel free to email me anytime with any of your cloud questions.

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