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Try Windows® Azure in April and Win One of Five Flip MinoHD Camcorders

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Our sample app makes it easy!

Give Windows® Azure a try in April and you could win one of five Flip MinoHD camcorders (approx $229 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 April 30, 2010.

What you can win

You could win one of five Flip MinoHD camcorders (Like these fancy 120-minute models or similar). Flip bills the MinoHD as "the world's sleekest HD camcorder," and these models feature 120 minutes of record time, a 2" anti-glare display, a rechargable battery, and a built-in USB interface.


Getting started

Here are the four steps to enter:

  1. You will need Vista or Windows 7 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.

February winners: John Simmons / outlaw programmer, johan.Barnard(), cr_sanderson, squdgy, BillOsuch, BradP, VeNoM00, cm, Alex.Lazic.TBS, CodeShoveler, djl_says_hi, kim3er, Nick-Haslam, Nyami, PedroQ, shaibee, Rick Eichhorn, Andy Weston, YK, Zach821.

*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. Flip Video is a trademark of Cisco. Any other trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners.

Competition Winners!

  • Eric Haddan
  • hm_tcp
  • Carrie Miller
  • Hans Payini
  • Robert Bremner

Conditions of Entry | Current winners list

QuestionEntry Verification Pin
Bit-Smacker20-Apr-10 8:44
memberBit-Smacker20-Apr-10 8:44 
AnswerRe: Entry Verification Pin
Jeff Hadfield26-Apr-10 14:04
adminJeff Hadfield26-Apr-10 14:04 
GeneralNEW BATCH of Azure passes went out today April 19th Pin
tonsan819-Apr-10 11:33
membertonsan819-Apr-10 11:33 
GeneralThank you for the news on the free passes for Azure and the VS 2010 RC work around. Now you can get even more help from Microsoft's Front Runner program for Azure Pin
GoAzure12-Apr-10 17:59
memberGoAzure12-Apr-10 17:59 
GeneralRe: Thank you for the news on the free passes for Azure and the VS 2010 RC work around. Now you can get even more help from Microsoft's Front Runner program for Azure Pin
tonsan817-Apr-10 14:38
membertonsan817-Apr-10 14:38 2010 RC Upgrade Pin
RichardWysocki7-Apr-10 16:39
memberRichardWysocki7-Apr-10 16:39 
GeneralRe: 2010 RC Upgrade Pin
Jeff Hadfield13-Apr-10 18:18
adminJeff Hadfield13-Apr-10 18:18 
GeneralOne Week of No-Cost and NO Credit Card Required Azure Account Pin
tonsan86-Apr-10 14:21
membertonsan86-Apr-10 14:21 

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