If you are a MSDN subscriber and have yet to try Windows Azure, please do not hesitate to take advantage of what is included in your subscription! Benefits stated here.
It’s just a few simple steps and you will be all ready to test Windows Azure!
1) Login to the MSDN portal – Notice that you will see “Windows Azure” section as shown below.
2) Click on the link “Activate Windows Azure” and you will be directed to the verification and sign-up page as shown.
3) Select the country you are residing in (usually this will populate automatically) and key in your mobile number. Click on “Send text message”. This is to ensure all sign-up all legitimate users. After verification, you will see this.
4) Click on “Purchase” and you will be re-directed to the Windows Azure page showing all your available subscription. As shown below, there is actually a limit on the spending being applied / enforce onto this subscription. So you don’t have to worry if you have exceeded and have to pay the excess.
In my opinion, this subscription is really useful for people like me who is playing around with Windows Azure and testing out the various features and functions.
Kudos to the Windows Azure Team and of course Microsoft!