Microsoft Offers Developers Free Windows Azure Cloud Time

Microsoft is attempting to lure developers into the cloud by offering them 750 free hours of its Windows Azure platform.

In a blog post, the company explained that the cloud was opening up new opportunities for developers to enhance their existing applications and open new revenue streams.

The company said that the offer, which is part of the Cloud Power campaign, includes 750 hours on Windows Azure extra-small instance and 25 hours on the Windows Azure small instance until June 30th 2011.

Microsoft is hoping that allowing developers to experience the power of the cloud will convince them to sign-up for its services.

“The Windows Azure platform was made with developers in mind. It allows developers to use their existing .NET, Java and PHP skills to develop, test and deploy compelling and innovative applications without worrying about the backend infrastructure and other operational constraints,” the company said in a statement.