Announcing Windows Azure price reduction for storage and extra small compute

We are pleased to announce that effective March 8, 2012, we are lowering the monthly cost of Windows Azure storage from $0.1793 per GB to $0.1601 per GB, a savings of over 10%.

Last month we announced a new billing model for SQL Azure. This new billing model lowers your cost per gigabyte by 48%-86% as you grow your databases greater than 1 GB. This new billing model also lowers the price of entry-sized databases that are up to 100 MB by 50%.

To continue our momentum of providing a low entry cost for Windows Azure, we have reduced our price of our extra small compute instances by 50%, also effective March 8, 2012.

Please note that all compute hours are converted into small instance hours when billed. So instead of reporting 1/3 of a small instance hour for each elapsed hour an extra small instance is deployed, we now are reporting 1/6 of a small instance hour. This results in a 50% lower price. Please click here for additional details on our different compute instance sizes.

This means that customers on our 3 Month Free Trial or one of our MSDN offers can use twice as many extra small instances per month without charge than they could previously. For example, if the offer provides for 750 small instance hours per month, you can apply these hours for up to 4,500 hours of extra small instances during a month.

We are excited to be able to share these positive changes to our pricing. For further details on our pricing, please refer to our Pricing Overview page. These changes are part of our continued commitment to deliver world class services in a cost effective way to customers.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Windows Azure Team

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