IoT with Microsoft Azure
Microsoft is promoting its Azure cloud services with the newly launched Microsoft Azure IoT DevKit.
Although the trial is said to be free, a credit card is required. In order to confirm the card belongs to a real person, the card is charged then refunded. As Microsoft is based the U.S., bank may levy fees abroad.
This overtly complicated sign-up process for trial period acted as a show-stopper for me.
As possible solutions, Microsoft could launch a simplified Azure Light portal for makers and hobbyists with selected features, or include a voucher inside the DevKit box to redeem for a 3-month-long trial of Azure full edition.
The credit card required for just testing Azure may act as an immediate show-stopper for many would-be users from the hobbyist and maker community.
Let's hope Microsoft improves and simplifies the Azure service offering.
Posted: May 02, 2018