Microsoft has launched a new offering called Microsoft Azure for Student Developers, which gives students free access to the cloud computing service. It's part of the company's Imagine program, which also provides free access to Microsoft development tools like Visual Studio Online.
"This [offer] gives every student completely free access to Microsoft Azure," said Microsoft's Scott Guthrie. "And they can use this offer to sign up for free with no credit card, no billing, no payment, and build and scale applications all around the world. They can take advantage of cloud computing, they can take advantage of our Web App functionality to build web sites and web applications using any language—whether it's .NET, PHP, Python, Node.js, Java, you name it. And you can also take advantage of Visual Studio Online and all of our back-end developer services, as well as our Application Insights, which gives you real-time analytics."
The offer is available to students of all ages in 140 different countries.