The MSDN Subscription site’s Windows Azure Platform Benefits for MSDN Subscribers page announced on 10/20/2009:
MSDN subscribers can get started developing on the Windows Azure platform today. Later, following commercial availability of the Windows Azure platform, subscribers will benefit from compute hours, storage, data transfers, SQL Azure databases and .NET Services messages included at no extra charge as part of their subscription. The Windows Azure platform offers a simple, comprehensive, and powerful platform for the creation of web applications and services.
Here are the details for the 8-month introductory period, which starts on RTW at PDC 2009, and thereafter:
The introductory Windows Azure compute hours support a single instance 24x7.
For more information about the differences between Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate, Premium and Professional editions, see Kathleen Richards’ VS2010 and .NET 4 Beta 2 Go Live Today post of 10/19/2009 to the Visual Studio Magazine site. Ars Technica’s Visual Studio 2010 simplified to four SKUs, Beta 2 arrives of the same date is subtitled “Microsoft has made a slew of Visual Studio 2010, .NET Framework 4.0, and MSDN announcements today.”
Note: My previous posts on the topic of a free threshold of Windows Azure services for developers:
- Amazon Undercuts Windows Azure Table and SQL Azure Costs with Free SimpleDB Quotas (10/5/2009)
- Lobbying Microsoft for Azure Compute, Storage and Bandwidth Billing Thresholds for Developers (9/8/2009)
- A Comparison of Azure and Google App Engine Pricing (7/19/2009)
mention reports of benefits for WebsiteSpark members. There’s no indication on the MSDN page of WebsiteSpark member benefits.