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Scott Guthrie, corporate vice president in Microsoft's Server and Tools Business division, explains in a new blog post how to sign-up and get started with Windows Azure. He explains the steps how you can get a no-obligation 3 month free trial. This free trial costs nothing and doesn’t obligate you to buy anything at the end of it. It provides an easy way to try out and get started with Windows Azure.
We’ll ask for a mobile phone number and credit card, only to verify that you are who you say you are. The credit card is not billed and during the free trial you’ll have a spending limit on Azure set to $0.
He also notes some new features in Windows Azure to help make sure your credit card will not be charged, and that you’ll have the resources you need to try out Azure.
Spending limits are a new feature we added to Windows Azure last month, and ensure that you never have to worry about accidentally going over the resources included in a free offer and being charged.
You can easily track what resources you’ve used on Windows Azure by clicking the “Account” tab of the www.windowsazure.com web-site. This is another new feature we added to Windows Azure last month, and it allows customers (both free trial and paid) to easily see what resources they’ve used and how much it is costing them.
For the details, see Getting Started with Windows Azure.
Bruce D. Kyle ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation