Last year, Microsoft's Scott Guthrie reiterated that its cloud competition with Amazon is in features, not price. Despite this, the company has a pressure to provide the cheapest service, and today we have seen further proof of that. The company has made significant price cuts across its Azure virtual machines and blob storage. Compute-optimized instances, including the F1-16 and A1 Basic series have seen reductions. The savings are as high as 26% on Linux F series Linux VMs, while Windows has a price reduction of up to 18%. Cuts to A1 basic are even heavier, with a reduction of 42% on Linux and 51% on Windows. Soon to come are changes to the D-series instances, though it's not clear how significant they will be.
Microsoft Slashes Prices for Azure VMs and Blob Storage Options
Microsoft's F1-16 series of VM have received a price cut of up to 26%, while the A1 series is as much as 51% cheaper. This combines with Azure Blob Hot and Cold storage cuts of 38 and 26 percent, respectively.