I would like to refresh and improve my knowledge of SharePoint, and also test the creation of Apps on SP 2013 using Access 2013.

I was first thinking about creating an SP environment in a VM, but I realize that the new versions have a lot of requirements, and it would probably be more efficient to find something ready for use.

SO my question is: where do I find such a place ? Specialised hosting companies ? I had a quick look at MS Azure, but it seems that setting up VM's for this has a prohibitive cost for a freelance like me, who just wants a practice place -and eventually a showcase place.

I already saw this question which is really interesting, but I thing version 2013 is much more complex to setup !

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Have a look at http://www.cloudshare.com they have a SharePoint Server 2013 RTM and Project Server 2013 RTM pre configured virtual machine. They also offer free trials too.

Access services is not available with SharePoint online. If you are looking to work with other aspects of SharePoint besides Access Services, perhaps start with a free trial of Office 365. Or spring for a paid plan at $3 per month per user.

Otherwise, you're right. Getting your own instance seems to be expensive.

  • THanks! This page (goo.gl/i2IypP) seems to indicate that Access Services are indeed part of the Plan 1. – Patrick Honorez Sep 16 '13 at 14:43
  • Users beware. If you sign up for SP online, it's for a year! I just got trapped 8-( And th eminimum price gives you 0 GB storage. And I guessed that if you wnt to try out anything serious, you need at least 2 accounts. And prepare to switch browser, since some parts simply do not seem to work in Chrome. – Patrick Honorez Sep 16 '13 at 15:47

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