(As always, everything posted below and throughout my blog is my opinion and my opinion only. Thanks lawyers.)
I wanted to try testing out using Microsoft’s Windows Azure to see if it was a worthwhile service for my clients. I signed up for the Windows Azure Introductory Special after a salesman (and the website) stated that for testing a site I would have NO CHARGES unless I took it live to a production server (and even then I would have to have more use more than 10,000 storage transactions, 500 MB of storage and 25 compute hours of a small instance. I put up a small test website that never went live to a domain just to see if I would like the service and got charged $611.87.
I called in to Microsoft on four separate occasions and each time the service representative agrees with me that I should get my money back, but tells me that the billing department refuses to do so.
I spent approximately 4 hours on the phone so far with Microsoft trying to get my money back and am unable to do so. I filed a claim with my bank to get my money back as well.
BEWARE OF MICROSOFT WINDOWS AZURE CLOUD HOSTING- IT’S A SCAM. USE OTHER SERVICES (LIKE GOGRID OR AMAZON’S CLOUD HOSTING).