Well I had a relatively unpleasant exprience with Microsoft's new offerings when it comes to azure.
And of course they deleted the forum trail.
They don't want the consumer as a customer, expect to pay $200 - $250 or more a year for azure and that doesn't include a good email solution. This is for the smallest slice offering.
If you want a simple website solution 1and1.com isn't a bad choice and it's less than $50 a year.