Microsoft Azure is a public cloud computing platform, with solutions including Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS) that can be used for services such as analytics, virtual computing, storage, networking and much more.
This computing platform, created by Microsoft, offers you the security you need to know that your company and customer data will be safe in the cloud, backed by a community of experts.
Developers like working with Azure because it allows for more secure coding, testing, and shipping from cloud developer environments. In addition, it allows you to deploy and scale applications with cloud-native technology and fully managed databases.
The best way to use Microsoft Azure will really depend on your specific needs, as Azure provides solutions to be used in specific scenarios. At a general level, you can use for example an Azure virtual machine, use Azure application services, also use Azure Storage and Azure Compute Services.
You can create an account on Azure.com, with the help of a Microsoft representative, or through a partner. If this is your first time using Azure, you can get $200 USD in credits to start using your account. As requirements, Microsoft recommends having basic knowledge of cloud computing.