Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Windows Azure costs for developers

I attended the first meeting of the Azure User Group UK tonight (http://ukazurenet.com/) and an interesting question popped up. Right now you can register for Azure for free to work with the CTP releases (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=129453). However, eventually Microsoft will monetise this service. SLAs and pricing should be published this summer and you will have to pay for services come Q4 2009. 

At this point what happens to developers who might be putting together proof of concepts or prototypes, or for projects still in the development stage? Well, it was suggested by a Microsoft employee that access to Windows Azure may be included in a Visual Studio license or MSDN Subscription. I think this is a pretty good solution to the problem.

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