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 http://www.windowsazurepass.com/?campid=9FE3DB53-E4F0-DF11-B2EA-001F29C6FB82 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.