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The benefits for MSDN subscribers have now doubled the initial Windows Azure benefits by extending the offer from eight months to 16 months.
Premium, Ultimate, and BizSpark subscribers get 750/hours per month of compute time, 10 GB storage, and a million transactions per month. Also included are AppFabric, Data Transfer, and three SQL Server instances.
More details on this can be found on the Windows Azure Platform Benefits for MSDN Subscribers page. The site also explains how you can take advantage of the offer.
Windows Azure is a cloud services operating system that serves as the development, service hosting and service management environment for the Windows Azure platform. Windows Azure provides developers with on-demand compute and storage to host, scale, and manage web applications on the internet through Microsoft datacenters.
MSDN subscriptions give you access to Visual Studio 2010 and the latest Microsoft platforms for development and testing.
Microsoft BizSpark is a global program designed to accelerate the success of early stage Startups.BizSpark provides entrepreneurs fast and easy access to current full-featured Microsoft development tools and productions licenses of server products, with no upfront costs and minimal requirements.
To learn more and for startups to sign up, see http://www.microsoft.com/bizspark/
See Windows Azure Platform Offers for Microsoft Partners.
You can currently upgrade to Visual Studio 2010 Professional with MSDN Essentials today, and save $250 off the estimated retail price. See Special Offers for Visual Studio.
Bruce D. Kyle ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation