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Microsoft now offers per-minute billing on Windows Azure

Microsoft reduces cost for Windows Azure cloud computing, introduces per-minute billing
| Cloud Computing News | Posted: Jun 3, 2013 10:03 pm

Microsoft has debuted new per-minute billing for its Windows Azure cloud computing network. This new rate is just one of several billing-related changes implemented by Microsoft and detailed in a blog post earlier this morning. Other changes include not charging for stopped virtual machines.




  • No charge for stopped VMs
  • Pay by the minute billing
  • MSDN use rights now supported on Windows Azure
  • Discounted MSDN dev/test rates
  • MSDN monetary credits
  • Added portal support for tracking MSDN monetary credit usage


Starting with the headlining change, Microsoft has introduced per-minute billing, a feature that Google already offers on its Google Compute Engine. Amazon Web Services charges by the hour, which is how Microsoft previously billed. This meant that a user would have to pay for the full hour, even if they used the system for just a few minutes.


Another change is Microsoft will no longer charge for stopped VMs, allowing developers to power off a VM over the weekend to save cash. Previously, developers would have been required to pay as Microsoft kept a reserved instance running, unless the deployment was explicitly deleted.


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