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Whether you’re a newcomer taking your first steps into the realm of cloud services or a seasoned explorer seeking adept navigation, Azure offers an extensive collection of over 80 (currently 86) free services. These offerings are poised to not only kickstart your journey but also facilitate your familiarity with the ever-evolving landscape of cloud technology.

Picture Azure’s free services as your personal treasure map. It’s an open invitation to explore, your all-access pass to cloud technology backstage, and the VIP seat at the show where innovation takes center stage for industries. From forging your virtual machine to skillfully taming databases, you’re not just marking off items on a checklist, you’re actively carving your unique route, constructing your mastery in the vast expanse of the cloud domain.

Here’s the lineup (a bit of clutter) of Azure’s free forever and 12-month offerings as of today that you can leverage to kickstart your exploration of the cloud.

Azure service Description Type Free monthly amount Free period  
Advisor Get personalized recommendations and best practices for Azure. Management and governance Unlimited Always  
API Management Manage APIs across all platforms with a hybrid, multicloud platform. Integration 1 million monthly calls free with Consumption tier Always  
App Configuration Store and manage configurations for all your Azure apps. Developer tools 1,000 requests per day with 10 MB storage Always  
App Service Quickly create powerful apps for any platform or device using your choice of tools including Node.js and PHP. Compute 10 web, mobile, or API apps with 1 GB storage 1 hour per day Always  
Archive Storage Store and manage rarely accessed data with locally redundant storage (LRS) or geo-redundant storage (GRS). Storage 10 GB LRS storage, 10 GB LRS or GRS write and retrieval, and 100 reads 12 months  
Automation Simplify cloud management with process automation. Management and governance 500 minutes of job runtime Always  
Azure AI Anomaly Detector Detect anomalies in data to quickly identify and troubleshoot issues. AI + machine learning 20,000 transactions S0 tier 12 months  
Azure AI Bot Service Develop intelligent, enterprise-grade bots that scale on demand. AI + machine learning 10,000 premium channel messages and unlimited standard channel messages Always  
Azure AI Content Safety Moderate text and images to provide a safer, more positive user experience. AI + machine learning 10,000 transactions S0 tier to moderate or review 12 months  
Azure AI Customer Vision Easily customize computer vision models for your unique use case. AI + machine learning 10,000 predictions S0 tier, one training hour, two projects with 5,000 training images each 12 months  
Azure AI Document Intelligence Automate the extraction of text, key/value pairs, and tables from your documents. AI + machine learning 500 pages S0 tier 12 months  
Azure AI Immersive Reader Embed text reading and comprehension capabilities into applications. AI + machine learning 3 million characters Always  
Azure AI Language Extract information such as sentiment, key phrases, named entities, and language from your text. AI + machine learning 5,000 text records Always  
Azure AI Metrics Advisor Embed AI-powered monitoring features to proactively diagnose issues. AI + machine learning 25 time series Always  
Azure AI Personalizer Deliver rich, personalized experiences for every user. AI + machine learning 50,000 transactions S0 tier 12 months  
Azure AI Translator Add real-time, multi-language text translation to your apps, websites, and tools. AI + machine learning 2 million characters S0 tier 12 months  
Azure Arc Extend Azure management and services. Hybrid + multicloud Free Azure control plane functionality for resources outside Azure, search and indexing for Azure Arc-enabled resources Always  
Azure Attestation Verify the identity and security posture of trusted platform modules and trusted execution environments. Security Free Always  
Azure Cosmos DB Build modern apps at any scale using a fast NoSQL database with open APIs. Databases 400 request units per-second provisioned throughput with 25 GB storage 12 months  
Azure Cosmos DB Build modern apps at any scale using a fast NoSQL database with open APIs. Databases 1,000 request units per-second provisioned throughput with 25 GB storage Always  
Azure Database for MySQL Host a fully managed, scalable MySQL database in Azure. Databases 750 hours of Flexible Server—Burstable B1MS Instance, 32 GB storage, and 32 GB backup storage 12 months  
Azure Database for PostgreSQL Build intelligent, scalable apps with fully managed database for PostgreSQL. Databases 750 hours of Flexible Server—Burstable B1MS Instance, 32 GB storage, and 32 GB backup storage 12 months  
Azure DevOps Build apps in any language using Git repos, CI/CD, and build and release automation. Developer tools 5 users with unlimited private Git repos Always  
Azure Files Migrate to simple, distributed, cross-platform file storage without changing code. Storage 100 GB of LRS transaction optimized, hot, and cool files. 2 million read, list, and other file operations 12 months  
Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) Deploy and manage containers using the tools you choose. Compute Free Always  
Azure Lighthouse Manage service providers with Zero Trust access controls. Management and governance Free Always  
Azure Managed Applications, Service catalog Make it easier to acquire services with a catalog of approved cloud offerings. Management and governance Free publishing Always  
Azure Maps Create location-aware web and mobile applications using geospatial services, APIs, and SDKs. Internet of Things 1,000 to 5,000 transactions for specific mapping and location insights features Always  
Azure Migrate Discover, assess, right-size, and migrate your on-premises virtual machines to Azure. Migration Free Always  
Azure Policy Achieve real-time cloud compliance at scale with consistent resource governance. Management and governance Free access to configuration and change tracking features Always  
Azure Resource Mover Simplify how you move multiple resources between Azure regions. Management and governance Free (ingress and egress charges may apply) Always  
Azure SignalR Service Add real-time communications into your web applications. Web 20 concurrent connections per unit and 20,000 messages Always  
Bandwidth (Data Transfer) Transfer data inbound and outbound through our robust network of global data centers. Networking 15 GB outbound 12 months  
Bandwidth (Data Transfer) Transfer data inbound and outbound through our robust network of global data centers. Networking 100 GB outbound Always  
Batch Scale your application in the cloud with job orchestration and scheduling for HPC applications. Compute Free Always  
Blob Storage Use massively scalable object storage for any type of unstructured data. Storage 5 GB locally redundant storage (LRS) hot block with 20,000 read and 10,000 write operations 12 months  
Cloud Shell Manage Azure resources in a browser-based shell using popular command-line tools and programming languages. Management and governance 5 GB free storage in Azure Files for 12 months Always  
Cognitive Search Include a cloud search service in your web and mobile application. AI + machine learning 50 MB storage for 10,000 hosted documents and 3 indexes per service Always  
Computer Vision Extract rich information from images to categorize and process visual data. 5,000 transactions for each S1, S2, and S3 tier 12 months  
Container Apps Build and deploy modern apps and microservices using serverless containers. Containers 180,000 vCPU seconds, 360,000 GiB seconds, and 2 million requests Always  
Container Registry Store and manage container images across all types of Azure deployments. Containers 1 Standard tier registry with 100 GB storage and 10 webhooks 12 months  
Cost Management Monitor, allocate, and optimize cloud costs with transparency, accuracy, and efficiency. Management and governance Free Always  
Data Catalog Get more value from your enterprise data assets. Analytics Unlimited users Always  
Data Factory Compose and manage data services at scale. Analytics 5 low-frequency activities Always  
Database Migration Service Simplify on-premises database migration to the cloud. Databases Free Standard Compute Always  
DevTest Labs Enable fast, easy, and lean dev-test environments. Developer tools Free Always  
Event Grid Get reliable event delivery at massive scale. Integration 100,000 operations per month Always  
Face Detect, identify, analyze, organize, and tag faces in images. 30,000 transactions S0 tier 12 months  
Face Detect, identify, analyze, organize, and tag faces in images. 30,000 transactions of Free instance Always  
Functions Process events with a serverless code architecture. Compute 1 million requests Always  
Health Bot Build and deploy AI-powered, compliant, conversational healthcare experiences at scale. AI + machine learning 3,000 messages (up to 10 messages per second) Always  
Health Data Services Unify and manage health data and protected health information (PHI) in the cloud. Integration 1 GB structured and blob storage, 50,000 API requests, .5 GB transformation operations, 100,000 events Always  
IoT Edge Extend cloud intelligence and analytics to IoT edge devices. Internet of Things Free, open-source edge runtime Always  
IoT Hub Connect, monitor, and manage IoT assets with a scalable platform. Internet of Things 8,000 messages per day and .5 KB message meter size of Free edition Always  
Key Vault Safeguard and maintain control of keys and other secrets. Security 10,000 transactions RSA 2048-bit keys or secret operations, Standard tier 12 months  
Language Understanding (LUIS) Build natural language understanding into apps, bots, and IoT devices. AI + machine learning 10,000 text request transactions S0 tier 12 months  
Load Balancer Instantly add scale, availability, and network performance to your applications. Networking 750 hours, 15 GB of data processing, and up to five rules with Standard Load Balancer 12 months  
Logic Apps Build automated integration solutions across clouds and on-premises systems. Integration 4,000 built-in actions with the Consumption plan Always  
Machine Learning Develop and run R and Python models on your platform of choice. AI + machine learning Free Always  
Managed Disks Get high performance, durable block storage for Azure Virtual Machines with simplified management. Storage 2 64 GB (P6) solid state drives SSD storage, plus 1 GB snapshot and 2 million I/O operations 12 months  
Media Services, Encoding feature Index, package, protect, and stream video and audio at scale. Media 20 output minutes Standard encoder video or audio source file encoding 12 months  
Media Services, Live and on-demand streaming Deliver content to virtually any device at scale. Media 5 hours each of Standard Passthrough, Live Transcription, and Standard Streaming endpoint 12 months  
Microsoft Entra ID (formerly Azure AD) Enable identity and access management in the cloud. Identity 50,000 stored objects with single sign-on (SSO) to all cloud apps Always  
Monitor Gain full observability into your applications, infrastructure, and network. Management and governance See Azure Monitor pricing details for free amounts per feature Always  
Network Watcher Monitor, diagnose, and gain insights into your network performance and health. Networking 5 GB storage with 1,000 checks, 10 tests, and 10 connection metrics Always  
Notification Hubs Send push notifications to any platform from any back end. Mobile 1 million push notifications with free namespace Always  
Open Datasets Accelerate machine learning with curated datasets. AI + machine learning Free (egress charges may apply) Always  
Private Link Privately access services on Azure, keeping your data on the Microsoft network. Networking Free Always  
Resource Manager Simplify how you manage your app resources. Management and governance Free Always  
Security Center Prevent, detect, and respond to threats with increased visibility and control over the security of your Azure resources. Security Free policy assessment and recommendations Always  
Service Bus Get reliable cloud messaging as a service with simple hybrid integration. Integration 750 hours and 13 million operations Standard tier base unit 12 months  
Service Fabric Build and operate always-on, scalable, distributed apps. Containers Free Always  
Spatial Anchors Build mixed reality apps that map, share, and persist 3D content. Mixed reality 10,000 anchors queried Always  
Speaker Recognition Accurately verify and identify speakers by their unique voice characteristics. AI + machine learning 10,000 transactions each of speaker verification, speaker identification, and voice storage Always  
Speech to Text Transcribe spoken audio to text. AI + machine learning 5 audio hours each of Standard, Custom, and Conversation Transcription Multichannel Audio, 1 Custom endpoint hosting model Always  
Speech Translation Integrate real-time speech translation into your app. AI + machine learning 5 audio hours Standard Always  
SQL Database Create a SQL database that delivers intelligence built-in. Databases 250 GB S0 instance with 10 database transaction units 12 months  
SQL Server 2019 Developer Edition Build, test, and demonstrate applications in a nonproduction environment. Developer tools Free Always  
Static Web Apps Streamline full-stack development from source code to global high availability. Compute 100 GB bandwidth per subscription, 2 custom domains and .5 GB storage per app Always  
Text to Speech Build apps that convert text to lifelike speech. AI + machine learning 5 million characters Standard, 500,000 characters Neural, and hosting model Always  
Virtual Machines—Linux Create Linux virtual machines with on-demand capacity in seconds. Compute 750 hours B1s burstable virtual machines 12 months  
Virtual Machines—Windows Create Windows virtual machines with on-demand capacity in seconds. Compute 750 hours B1s burstable virtual machines 12 months  
Virtual Network Provision private networks and connect to on-premises datacenters. Networking 50 virtual networks Always  
Visual Studio Code Boost productivity with a powerful, lightweight code editor for cloud development. Developer tools Free Always  
VPN Gateway Establish secure, cross-premises connectivity. Networking 750 hours VpnGw1 Gateway Type 12 months  
Web PubSub Build real-time, two-way communication into your web and mobile apps. Web 20,000 messages per unit per day and 20 concurrent connections per unit (1 unit max) Always  

How to get started with Azure’s Free Services

Scenario 1: Starting a Trial without a Subscription

If you’re new to Azure and don’t have an active subscription, you can initiate your cloud journey by signing up for a free trial. Here’s how:

  1. Sign Up: Visit the Azure website and click on the “Start free” button. You’ll be prompted to create a Microsoft account or sign in if you already have one.
  2. Provide Information: You’ll need to provide some basic information, including your name, email address, and payment information. Note that while this step requires payment details, you won’t be charged during the trial period.
  3. Select Services: Once signed up, you can explore and select from the array of free services available. Azure offers services like virtual machines, databases, storage, and more. These services have certain usage limits, which are generous enough for newcomers to familiarize themselves with the platform.
  4. Experiment and Learn: With your trial account, you can experiment, build, and learn about Azure services without incurring charges. You’ll have access to the free services and a chance to explore their functionalities and capabilities.

Scenario 2: Leveraging Free Services with an Active Subscription

For those who have an active Azure subscription, utilizing the free services is even simpler:

  1. Browse the Catalog: Log in to your Azure portal and browse through the extensive catalog of services. Look for services tagged as “Free” or “Always Free” to explore the available options.
  2. Select and Deploy: Choose the services that align with your projects or learning goals. With your subscription, you can directly deploy these services without going through the trial sign-up process.
  3. Create and Experiment: Once the services are deployed, you can create instances, databases, virtual machines, and more. This gives you hands-on experience with real cloud resources.

What Happens When the Trial Expires?

Azure provides both 12-month free services and services that are free forever. Here’s what you need to know:

  • 12-Month Free Services: Some services are offered for free during the first 12 months of your subscription. After this period, they’ll continue to run and you’ll be billed for them at pay-as-you-go rates. It’s crucial to monitor your usage and plan accordingly to avoid unexpected costs.
  • Forever Free Services: Other services are perpetually free, regardless of your subscription status. These services typically have certain usage limits that, when respected, won’t lead to any charges.


Whether you’re just dipping your toes in with a trial or have already joined the Azure party with a subscription, these freebies are your golden ticket to get hands-on with the cloud. 🚀

But here’s the pro tip: While you’re riding the cloud excitement, remember to keep an eye on your usage, especially when you’re rockin’ those 12-month freebies. That way, you can squeeze every drop of awesome out of your Azure adventure without any unexpected twists.

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