Got my 9-month free pass to Microsoft’s Azure Cloud. Wasted the entire week messing with virtual machines in the cloud.
Microsoft Azure offers a 3-month free pass to the general public but the trial period is too short for the research. To get the 9-month free pass (over $1,500 in value), join the Azure Imagine Cup competition by taking a qualifying quiz. Azure is ideal for buidling web-based apps for mobile phones and/or Windows 8 tablets. Even if the research artefact is not web-based, it is easier to deploy/test the software using a cloud service. It is not very practical to ask students who participates on a reaseach to install a piece of test software on the college’s desktop computers or on their own computing devices (be it a mobile phone, a tablet or a laptop).