Users of Amazon Web Services, LLC (AWS), an Amazon.com company, can now run Microsoft Windows Server applications within the AWS Free Usage Tier, a program designed to help customers get started in the cloud. Developers can launch new applications or test existing applications in the cloud.
Users leveraging Windows Server applications are allotted 750 hours per month of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) Micro Instance usage, which also offers a free one-year trial. The expansion allows Windows developers to have access to the same free AWS resources that Linux developers have.
The AWS Free Usage Tier addition joins a number of recent AWS service extensions to support Windows customers, including Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 on Cluster Compute instances, Microsoft SQL 2012 beta preview on AWS, Microsoft BizSpark Licenses on AWS, and support for Microsoft Windows HPC clusters using Amazon EC2 instances.