Microsoft is ramping up efforts to woo developers to its Visual Studio Dev Essentials program by offering up US$300 worth of credits for services on the company's Azure public cloud platform. Here are the details.
The Visual Studio Dev Essentials program was launched in November last year and provides developers with free tools and resources to start building and deploying apps on any platform. Since its inception, over 400,000 developers have joined the program.
But Microsoft is keen to garner more members for the Dev Essentials program and is sweetening the deal with credits that can go towards services on the Azure platform. Here's exactly what Dev Essentials members will be getting:
US$300 in Azure Credits: enjoy US$25/month in credits for 12 months to take advantage of Azure services for your apps.). That’s enough to run a D2 Windows Virtual Machine for 95 hours a month, or try out an A3 HDInsight Cluster for 24 hours. These credits can be applied on top of the free options offered by many Azure services. Xamarin University Access: get started building native iOS, Android, and Windows Phone apps using.NET and shared C# code through exclusive on-demand access to Xamarin University course recordings and materials.
You can join Microsoft's Visual Studio Dev Essentials program over on the official website.