Developers, if you need to create a SharePoint 2013 development environment quickly or want to build apps for SharePoint, you’ll need a machine with SharePoint 2013 and Visual Studio 2013 installed on it.
Luckily for you, we have released a Windows Azure developer image that comes with SharePoint 2013 and Visual Studio 2013 Ultimate RC pre-installed. The image also contains scripts to provision and configure SharePoint 2013 with or without an Active directory running on a different machine.
However, it’s important to note that if you don’t have an Azure subscription, you can activate your Azure benefit that comes with your MSDN subscription. As part of your subscription, you have free Windows Azure credits – up to $150 per month! You can use them to build SharePoint development and test environments on demand with virtual machines and more.
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