Microsoft is giving away free time on Azure for developers to work on cloud applications for the platform.
The offer lasts until June and provides 750 hours of Windows Azure Extra Small Compute instance use, 25 hours of Small Compute instance, 500MB of storage, 10,000 storage transactions per month, 100,000 access control transactions and two service bus connections.
"It's no secret that the cloud is opening up new opportunities for developers to create never-before-seen application experiences, improve existing applications and generate new revenue streams," said a blog post by the Microsoft Azure team.
"The Windows Azure platform was made with developers in mind. It allows developers to use their existing .NET, Java and PHP skills to develop, test and deploy compelling and innovative applications without worrying about the back-end infrastructure and other operational constraints."
The move comes after Microsoft appointed Satya Nadella as head of its Server and Tools business. The move was in line with Microsoft's new approach of putting software engineers in charge of business rather than marketing personnel.
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