The first 500 US-based people to sign up every month get the so-called Windows Azure One Month Pass USA, says the official Windows Azure team blog entry. If you’re lucky enough to get ahold of a pass, you get access to both platforms for the calendar month without so much as a credit card required.
To sweeten the deal, Microsoft’s offering pass recipients free phone, chat, and email support - and they’re offering new developers giving it a spin an easy-start guide, to boot.
Microsoft’s already claiming that it has 16,000 cloud partners, and we know that Windows Azure is a major part of the company's enterprise strategy going forward. But will the One Month Pass initiative get Azure the kind of widespread adoption Microsoft is clearly looking for?
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