I just came across this page that lists the set of freely available services in Azure. When I consider the fact that Microsoft makes the most powerful IDE on the planet free with Visual Studio Dev Essentials for individuals and teams of up to 5, not to mention the amazing capabilities available in VSTS, I’m amazed at the opportunity available to developers and small businesses right now. These aren’t just toys to play with (although they are that too ;), these are cutting edge, enterprise class tools. It’s raw power that would previously only have been available to corporations playing at the high end of the market.
To top it off, there is also a great resource for training available in the Microsoft Virtual Academy.