Microsoft Azure pricing has been lowered for certain services as of February 6th, 2017.
Azure Virtual Machines
Prices for the “Compute Optimized” F Series VMs (F1 to F16) have been reduced by up to 24%.
Prices for the “General Purpose” A1 Basic VM has been reduced by up to 61%.
Microsoft also say there will be price reductions on the “General Purpose ” D-series VMs soon.
Azure Blob Storage
“Hot Block” Blob storage pricing has been reduced by up to 31% while “Cool Block” Blob storage has been reduced by up to 38%.
Only customers using Azure Blog Storage accounts can benefit from these new prices. If you have General Purpose Blob Storage, you can move data across to the Azure Blob storage to get the new pricing.
See the MS announcement here – https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/new-lower-prices-on-azure-virtual-machines-and-blob-storage/