Amazon releases two new web services: AppStream and WorkSpaces

Amazon has released two new web services during the keynote of its re:Invent conference in Las Vegas. Senior Vice President on Amazon Web Services (AWS) Andy Jassy announced the release of AppStream and WorkSpaces in front of a packed-out hall of 8,000 people.

Both new services are currently available for limited preview.

The new platforms represent a move by the web giant to cement its position as the leading provider of cloud and web development services, making a big play for the mobile development market.

WorkSpaces is a new desktop virtualisation service for Mac or PC, iOS or Android. Jassy also claimed that the service comes in at half the price of a typical on-premise virtual desktop infrastructure.

Amazon calls its new service "a fully managed desktop computing service in the cloud."

The company claims that WorkSpaces "allows customers to easily provision cloud-based desktops," as well as allowing "end-users to access the documents, applications and resources they need with the device of their choice, including laptops, iPad, Kindle Fire, or Android tablets."

The pay-as-you-go service is fully managed, and according to Amazon helps users to avoid "the complexity of maintaining, patching, and managing a large physical desktop environment."

The second new release, AppStream, represents a massive play for the mobile market. Amazon claims that the new platform "is a flexible, low-latency service that lets you stream resource intensive applications and games from the cloud."

And Amazon is making some seriously bold claims about its new Apps streaming service.

"Because your application is running in the cloud, it can scale to handle vast computational and storage needs, regardless of the devices your customers are using."

That's a pretty big development. Amazon is sticking by its bold statements, though: with AppStream, it claims, "your games and applications are no longer constrained by the hardware in your customer's hands."

Pretty exciting stuff, if it's true, and a massive boon for developers and end-users. The service even allows developers to take a hybrid approach, so only a part of their app runs off Appstream.

Andy Jassy also promised that "the performance is so good, the app will play as though it's stored on the local machine."

It sounds too good to be true, but both services are available now for limited preview. If you don't believe the rhetoric coming out of Vegas today, go check it out for yourself.

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