Microsoft woos Y Combinator startups with big Azure credits

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Microsoft wants to boost its cloud’s profile among startups so it’s making $500K in Azure credits available to Ycombinator-backed companies.

The credits start rolling with the Winter 2015 class and will continue after that, according to this Y Combinator blog post. This can be a good number of companies — there were 106 companies in the Spring and Winter 2014 classes, for example.

Cloud credits are ubiquitous — Y Combinator has special hosting offers from [company]Amazon[/company], [company]Google[/company], [company]Rackspace[/company], and now [company]Microsoft[/company], according to Y Combinator president Sam Altman. But, $500K is a big number.

Qualified startups can typically get $25,000 in AWS credits and there are other freebies available. Then in September things started going a bit haywire. Google started offering $100,000 in Google Cloud Platform credits to qualified startups. Two months later [company]IBM[/company] upped the ante to  $120,000 in credit for SoftLayer infrastructure or BlueMix PaaS.  Again all for…

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