Microsoft Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of data centers. If you are interested you can try for free. Microsoft gives one month free subscription with $200 Azure credit, but for that you will require an international credit/debit card OR dollar endorsed to your local credit card for foreign travel (don’t worry! you will not be charged until the period is expired or you’ve over spent that $200). However, if credit card is a hassle for you, you have a another option left i.e. MSDN Subscription.
MSDN subscription is kinda like finding $150/month in your couch. You can spend this money for your Azure credits. For this you/your company will require a MSDN Subscription. If you are one of the proud member of Microsoft Student Partner (MSP) you already have one 🙂 Use that subscription to activate your Azure Subscription by the following way :
- Go to http://msdn.microsoft.com/subscriptions and sign in to your Account
- Click My Account from the top navigation bar.
- On the right hand portion you will find “Activate Microsoft Azure” under “Subscription Benefits.
- Up one the click you will be navigated to the following page. Fill in the required information. Once you have completed the mobile verification in Step 2, read out the Agreement and once you agree with all those terms check all the agreement portion and click Click on “Sign up”.
- In the next screen you will find your subscription activated. The status will be changed from “Pending” to “Active” when the subscription becomes active.
- Next click on the active subscription – “Visual Studio Ultimate with MSDN”
That’s it. You have successfully activated your Microsoft Azure subscription.
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