To create and use Azure services, you need an Azure subscription. When you sign up, an Azure subscription is created for you. It allows you to build and deploy cloud-based applications, use sophisticated artificial-intelligence services, and extract essential insights from your data.

Learning objectives

In this module, you will:

  • Learn about Azure sign-up options, including Azure free account.
  • Create an Azure free account.
  • Understand how billing works in Azure.
  • Learn about different support options.


  • Knowledge of basic cloud computing terms and concepts
  • A valid credit card to register for an Azure free account (optional)