Azure allows one to create a VM containing VS 2013 ‘out of the box’. Do not try to do anything special with it, it performs very slow, much slower than a normal quad-core workstation with 16 GB of RAM and a SSD. And the costs are too high: a VM would cost around 300 USD/month, while the workstation can be bought for 1000 USD and it can happily run for at least three years.

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