To know my account balance in 5 seconds or less. Seriously.
My billing statements from AWS and Azure arrived in my inbox a mere 9 minutes apart today. That's sort of uncanny. Here's what the first two seconds of my Amazon email look like:
Greetings from Amazon Web Services,
This e-mail confirms that your latest billing statement is available on the AWS web site. Your account will be charged the following:
I actually dread getting the Azure email. Why? I get a bunch of free Azure stuff via an MSDN subscription (+1 Azure), but I'm always paranoid that I'll leave something on and get charged a lot (actual been there and done that with AWS, -1 Amazon). Forgetting to turn stuff off is not anobody's fault but mine (a reminder email would be nice, though). What really peeves me is this:
Dear Bryan Wheeler,
Your Microsoft Online Services statement is ready.
To view your statement:
- Sign in to the Microsoft Online Services Customer Portal with the following Windows Live ID: firstname.lastname@example.org
- On the Home page, click View my bills.
Now I have to burn 5 minutes remembering how to find my account balance in the Online Services Customer Portal. Grrrr. Please, please, please Azure Santa Claus. Send me my account balance in the email.