In the “bad old days” leaving unwanted Windows Azure hosted services running simply meant a big charge on your credit card. Thankfully it now simply means you get a polite email from Microsoft.

P.S. I also should follow my own advice sometimes – check out Greybox :-)

Dear Eric Nelson,

This e-mail notification comes to you as a courtesy to update you on your Windows Azure platform usage.  Our records indicate that you have exceeded 75% of your average monthly usage of compute hours during your current billing period.

Please see below for the amounts used to-date during your current billing period:
Windows Azure Compute: 825.000000 Compute Hours*

No action is required unless this usage is unexpected.  If this usage is unexpected, please log into the Windows Azure Dev Portal to view your running services and make any needed changes to those services to bring your usage back in line.

At any time, you can login to the Microsoft Online Services Customer Portal to view your subscription's usage at https://mocp.microsoftonline.com.  You can also click here for detailed instructions on how to view and understand your usage statements and bills.

Please do not reply directly to this e-mail as this mailbox is not monitored.   For customer support, please feel free to connect with one of our Customer Partner Care agents by clicking on this link.
Thank you for choosing Microsoft.
Sincerely,
Microsoft Online Services Support