Amazon Adds Windows Server to AWS Free Usage

Amazon, Internet retail and hosting titan recently announced that it has decided to expand the free usage features on its AWS platform to enable customers to try Windows Server apps inside its AWS Free Usage Tier.

Amazon designed this new feature to assist customers who are new to the company’s hosting services to test its newly offered features. The new features will offer users up to 750 hours to test Windows Server apps on their Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) Micro Instance per month free for one year.

Interestingly, the inclusion of Microsoft Server will expand the level of service to the similar level as that of Linux developers, offering the ability to build, test and launch new apps or gain an overview of how Amazon’s AWS service in fact operates, before they make up their mind to subscribe the service.

Recently, Amazon has introduced Windows Server 2008 RC2 instances on its high power Cluster Compute instances, Microsoft’s SQL 2012 beta preview, BizSpark licenses for startups supported by the Redmond-based Microsoft and also a support for Windows HPC clusters through Amazon’s EC2 instances.

The whole scene pushed the United States Department of Treasury to integrate its Microsoft SharePoint 2010 workloads to enhance technology efficiencies, eventually assisting businesses and government agencies (Amazon’s certified agencies) shift their services to the cloud.

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