It’s much like Steve Jobs once said, you’ve got two options: use it or don’t!
There are always alternatives and I see so many people getting stressed over slowdowns/performance which is understandable but they need to remember this is all beta and could be pulled away at any moment.
I saw a developer going nuts about the service being down, presumably because he was running a paid service on it but it feels like people are building their houses on sand by relying on a beta platform and reselling it as production ready code
Take it as it is and if you don’t like it, try one of the many many self hosted options. Or as one other person suggested, apply for an Enterprise account via Azure. Until then, I’m afraid that they are free to prioritise their own service or slow down the API whenever they want. There is no SLA so we know what we’re getting at least