How to learn Azure without paid subscription

Microsoft Azure is a cloud service that is constantly expanding to help your organization meet business challenges. You can build, manage deploy application using following Azure management options.


  • Azure Portal
  • Azure PowerShell and CLI
  • Azure Cloud Shell
  • Azure Mobile app
I have received many messages from users,” Want to learn Azure. But do not have an Azure subscription. Are there any tools? Simulators? etc” in this article, will elaborate and share about how you can learn Azure without paid Subscriptions.

You can activate free Azure benefits with following different options,

  • Azure Free Subscription
  • Microsoft Learn Azure Sandbox subscription.
  • Visual Studio subscription benefits (Formerly MSDN Subscriptions) 

How to learn Azure without paid subscription

Azure free Subscription

The Azure free account includes access to a number of Azure products that are free for 12 months, ₹13,300 credit to spend for the first 30 days of sign up and access to more than 25 products that are always free. 

You can learn from here more about Azure free account.

How to learn Azure without paid subscription

Microsoft Learn Azure Sandbox subscription Microsoft Learn is an online learning platform where you can gain practical knowledge about Azure by completing a bunch of courses and hands-on labs. Unlike the other learning platforms, it provides a free sandbox (dedicated subscription) that you can use to complete the courses

How to learn Azure without paid subscription

Visual Studio subscription benefits [MCT, MVP, FTE, MPN, NFR] Visual Studio subscriber can use Microsoft Azure at no extra charge. With your monthly Azure DevTest individual credit, Azure is your personal sandbox for dev and test. You can create virtual machines, cloud services, and other Azure resources. Credit amounts vary based on subscription level.

Microsoft no longer offers Visual Studio Professional Annual subscriptions and Visual Studio Enterprise Annual subscriptions in Cloud Subscriptions. There will be no change to existing customers experience and ability to renew, increase, decrease, or cancel their subscriptions.

If someone in your organization purchases subscriptions for your organization, contact your Visual Studio subscription administrator and request a subscription that provides the monthly credit that you need.

You can sign in in your visual studio benefits https://my.visualstudio.com/benefits. and see the Azure credit .You can find below the table for Azure credit eligibility.


  • Visual Studio Enterprise Standard  
    •  $150 monthly credit
  • Visual Studio Enterprise with GitHub Enterprise
    • $150 monthly credit
  • Visual Studio Enterprise monthly
    • NA
  • Visual Studio Professional Standard
    • $150 monthly credit
  • Visual Studio Professional with GitHub Enterprise
    • $150 monthly credit
  • Visual Studio Professional monthly
    • Not Available
  • Visual Studio Test Pro
    • 50 monthly credit
  • MSDN Platforms
    • 100 monthly credit
  • Visual Studio Enterprise – Not For ReSale[NFR]
    • $150 monthly credit
  • Visual Studio Enterprise – FTE
    • $150 monthly credit
  • Visual Studio Enterprise - Microsoft Partner Network
    • $150 monthly credit
  • Visual Studio Professional - Microsoft Partner Network
    • NA
  • Visual Studio Enterprise – Imagine (Standard)
    • NA
  • Visual Studio Enterprise – Imagine (Premium)
    • NA
  • Visual Studio Enterprise – BizSpark
    • $150 monthly credit
  • Visual Studio Enterprise – MCT Software & Services
    • 100 monthly credit
  • Visual Studio Enterprise – MCT Software & Services Developer
    • $150 monthly credit


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