Microsoft has announced its Azure Marketplace Test Drive program. This new program allows potential Azure customers to take advantage of pre-packaged scenarios and services to get a feel for how Microsoft’s service works – all without requiring the visitor sign-up for a subscription to the service.
Test Drives are ready to go environments that allow you to experience a product for free without needing an Azure subscription. An additional benefit with a Test Drive is that it is pre-provisioned – you don’t have to download, set up or configure the product and can instead spend your time on evaluating the user experience, key features, and benefits of the product.
The test drive doesn’t last forever, though.
Once provisioned, the Test Drive will be available for a limited time, typically a few hours. After the Test Drive is over, you will receive an email with the instructions to purchase or continue using the product.
Sign up here: Azure Marketplace Free Account
Microsoft continues to chase Amazon’s large lead in the Cloud provider space. Amazon provides something similar to the Azure Marketplace Test Drive program.
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