When Microsoft and Oracle announced their strategic cloud partnership back in June, one of the promised features was pre-built virtual images for Oracle's namesake database, Java Platform SE and WebLogic Server. Those have now been released in preview, and are free to use initially.
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The Azure blog explains why they're free but not for how long:
During the preview, these images are offered for no additional charge beyond the regular compute costs. After the preview period ends, Oracle images will be billed based on the total number of minutes VMs run in a month; details on the VM pricing to be announced at a later date.
Customers with existing licences can also now use those images. Hit the announcement post for more.
Deploy Pre-configured Oracle VMs on Windows Azure [Windows Azure Team Blog]