"My doctor gave me six months to live, but when I couldn't pay the bill he gave me six months more."
—Walter Matthau, actor
This chapter describes the different aspects of billing on Windows Azure. It gives an insight into the basic billing details of the different Windows Azure components. It explains the Windows Azure Pricing Calculator, different purchase options, different member offers, and free trials. It also focuses on how to program in a cost-effective manner and provides some tips and tricks on how to keep the bill as low as possible while still delivering the value we want to deliver.
In this section, we will learn the basics of the billing model of Windows Azure. We ...