Amazon's Cloud Now Offers Free Microsoft WIndows Server

Amazon Web Services has announced that it is expanding its free starter package for cloud platforms - a move that could well lure the Windows developer community onto the service.

The company, one of the renowned players in the public cloud computing sector, stated that it had also extended AWS free usage tier to cover Elastic Computer Cloud instances, more commonly referred to as EC2, running on the Windows Server 2008 R2.

The new offering falls in the same line as the technical specs facilitated by the company's previous free tier offering involving a Linux instance.

According to a handful of industry experts, the move more or less seems to be aimed at drawing the attention of those customers who were pondering shifting to the Microsoft owned Azure platform.

"Customers eligible for the AWS Free Usage tier can now use up to 750 hours per month of t1.micro instances running Microsoft Windows Server for free," AWS stated, IT News reports.

"With this announcement, customers familiar with Windows Server can gain hands-on-experience with AWS at no-cost," it added.

No doubt, the move is going to put the Windows maker under some serious pressure, especially since it has been desperately trying to strengthen its grip on the fast expanding cloud computing market.