Get Windows Azure . . . FREE!!

I very well may be the last person on Earth to post a blog entry about this.  But, I figure I might be the first person to blog about it in 2011!!  Hey, that’s worth something, right?

I talk to a lot of people about Windows Azure.  Windows Azure and cloud computing is a big passion of mine.  Whenever I get the chance, I’ll talk to people about how, when, and why Windows Azure is awesome.  I even talked to my 4-year-old niece about it . . . but she just looked at me like I was weird and asked if she could play Kinectimals.

One of the questions I get asked a lot is, “How do I try out Windows Azure without giving Microsoft my credit card info and paying for what I use?”  A recent conversation went something like this:

Dude: “This Windows Azure stuff sounds awesome!

Azure Geek: “Dude, it is like soooo awesome!!

Dude: “How do I get to play around with it?  I don’t have a credit card to use . . . . long story, bro.”

Azure Geek: “Have you heard of the free Windows Azure Pass site from Microsoft?”

Dude: “um . . . . no, bro”

Azure Geek: “Dude, Microsoft is so cool that they are going to GIVE you a FREE 30-day pass to check out Windows Azure!!”

Dude: “No way!  Is there a catch?  What do I get?”

Azure Geek:  “So way! You get 4 small compute instances, 250,000 storage transactions, two 1GB web edition SQL Azure databases, 2 Service Bus connnections, and 3GB of data transfer.”

Dude: “Whoooooah!  How do I get it?”

Azure Geek:  “Easy!  You need to go to and enter promo code MPR001.  Do that and you’ll be well on your way to enjoying the hotness that is Windows Azure for free.”

Dude: “Woooah!  That is a seriously long number-like thing at the end of that address.  I’m never going to remember that bro.”

Azure Geek: “Understand.  No worries.  I’ll send you an email with the link.”

Dude: “So sweet!  You rock!”

Azure Geek: “I know!  I know!!”

Ok, so maybe that was a slightly fictional conversation. But, I think you get the point – Windows Azure is awesome, you can get it for free for 30 days, and 4-year-old girls like to play Kinectimals more than listen to me talk about Windows Azure.