Just in case you missed Soma’s Happy 1st Birthday, Visual Studio 2010! blog post on April 12th, if you’re an existing Visual Studio Professional, Premium or Ultimate with MSDN subscriber, you get up-to $3,100 in annual Windows Azure platform benefits at no extra charge. These benefits let you try out Windows Azure for an extended period of time at no cost.


The Visual Studio 2010 Premium and Ultimate with MSDN Subscription benefit provides developers with an equivalent of two virtual servers that you can use to evaluate your application resource requirements. The Visual Studio Professional with MSDN Subscription benefit provides you with an equivalent of one extra small virtual server.

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To activate your Windows Azure platform benefits, please follow these steps:

1. Sign-in to your MSDN subscription benefits page.
2. Click on the Windows Azure Platform link from MyAccount and follow the steps to activate Windows Azure (for limited free access). You'll need your credit card or invoicing to sign up. If you use more than the amount of services included with your MSDN subscription, we'll bill your card or invoice you for these overages. You can visit the Microsoft Online Services Customer Portal to look up your usage at any time.
3. Go to the Windows Azure Developer Portal to access