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Try Windows® Azure in March and Win a Netbook

This competition has ended

Our sample app makes it easy!

Give Windows® Azure a try in March and you could win one of three Dell Inspiron Mini 10 netbooks (approximately $350 USD value)!

Follow the simple directions below to create a trial Windows Azure account, then upload our CodeProject Sample App. Once you receive your confirmation email from us, be sure to remove your sample app and shut down all services – so you won’t be charged for Windows Azure usage. Hurry! You must enter by March 31, 2010.

What you can win

You could win one of three Dell Inspiron Mini 10 (Windows 7 edition) netbooks (Like this one) or similar). This compact netbook features a 1.66GHz Intel® Atom® processor, Windows 7 (Starter), 1 GB SDRAM, a 250GB hard drive, a 6-cell battery, integrated wireless, and more!


Getting started

Here are the four steps to enter:

  1. You will need Vista or Windows 7 to be installed, then sign up for Windows Azure Offers at
    • Open to anyone - Windows Azure Platform Introductory Special
    • MSDN Premium subscribers - Windows Azure Platform Benefits for MSDN Subscribers
    You will need your Windows Live ID (if you don't have a live ID you can get one quickly) and credit card. We’ve made our sample app small so you will likely not incur any usage charges.

  2. Download our custom, one-stop installation package. Make the simple changes to The Code Project's Azure app, and upload your app to Windows Azure. Our package contains full instructions.

    Note: you will need your member profile URL for the app. It will be:
    You can also upload your own apps and pages – just be sure to tell us about it!

    Those running Visual Studio 2010 will need to download Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 1.1.

  3. If you'd like to learn more and fast track your Azure knowledge, check out the Front Runner for Azure, Tony's training videos and the Four-minute Windows Azure virtual lab.

    For information on how to provision and then de-provision correctly see
    1. Provision using no cost offer
    2. De-provision - why and how:
  4. Make sure you've received the confirmation email from the sample app. If you've created additional apps or sites on your Azure account, be sure to email us the URLs to along with your CodeProject member name. Once you’ve received the confirmation email, remove your sample app to avoid incurring usage charges on the Windows Azure service. Very important: if you wish to avoid charges to your credit card, it is very important that you de-provision all services. Please note that one application deployment consumes two services and thus 48 hours of compute time per day.

If you've built a custom application on Windows Azure, let us know ... we're working on some special prizes for custom apps.

*This challenge is from The Code Project, an independent third-party company not affiliated with Microsoft, and is not a Microsoft offering. The Code Project is a registered trademark of The Code Project Inc. Microsoft, and Windows are registered trademarks; Azure is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation. Intel and Atom are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation. Dell is a registered trademark of Dell Corporation. Any other trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners.

Competition Winners!

  • TimTallman
  • joseguia
  • Byron Jones

Conditions of Entry | Current winners list

GeneralConfirmation email only working for CP sample application Pin
hm_tcp31-Mar-10 11:55
memberhm_tcp31-Mar-10 11:55 
It would seem that the response mechanism that the sample application utilizes only works if the application being submitted (URL at is the application itself.

Would seem that submitting the application URL via email is the more reliable approach - does the submission process clean up inadvertent duplicated hosted service URL's.

I take it that, once verified, one can drop the hosted application, reprovision the hosted service with a different URL and deploy a different/new application to gain another entry (I only have 6 hosted services available on the account I'm using...)...


PS: Trying to catch up on entries before the deadline today! HM

PPS: I presuming the info to include in them email would be the same as what was set in the webconfig sample apps default page?:

- Code Project Member Name
- Contestant Email Address
- Code Project Profile Url
- Application's Azure URL? ???
- What is this application's name?
GeneralNot enough information! Pin
Owen3717-Mar-10 6:51
memberOwen3717-Mar-10 6:51 
GeneralRe: Not enough information! Pin
Owen3717-Mar-10 7:21
memberOwen3717-Mar-10 7:21 
GeneralRe: Not enough information! Pin
Jeff Hadfield21-Mar-10 18:36
adminJeff Hadfield21-Mar-10 18:36 
GeneralRe: Not enough information! Pin
Owen3722-Mar-10 6:40
memberOwen3722-Mar-10 6:40 
GeneralNo confirmation e-mail, does not show entry details Pin
rayprog11-Mar-10 3:41
memberrayprog11-Mar-10 3:41 
GeneralRe: No confirmation e-mail, does not show entry details Pin
someotherdavid13-Mar-10 2:57
membersomeotherdavid13-Mar-10 2:57 
GeneralRe: No confirmation e-mail, does not show entry details Pin
Jeff Hadfield21-Mar-10 18:37
adminJeff Hadfield21-Mar-10 18:37 
GeneralRe: No confirmation e-mail, does not show entry details Pin
Jeff Hadfield21-Mar-10 18:37
adminJeff Hadfield21-Mar-10 18:37 
GeneralNo confirmation for custom apps? Pin
S. Senthil Kumar9-Mar-10 21:38
memberS. Senthil Kumar9-Mar-10 21:38 
GeneralRe: No confirmation for custom apps? Pin
Eric Haddan11-Mar-10 2:53
memberEric Haddan11-Mar-10 2:53 
GeneralRe: No confirmation for custom apps? Pin
S. Senthil Kumar11-Mar-10 7:31
memberS. Senthil Kumar11-Mar-10 7:31 
GeneralRe: No confirmation for custom apps? Pin
Jeff Hadfield21-Mar-10 18:38
adminJeff Hadfield21-Mar-10 18:38 
GeneralProblems submitting entry Pin
Nyami9-Mar-10 5:40
memberNyami9-Mar-10 5:40 

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