’s Amazon Web Services LLC (AWS) announced that customers can now run their Microsoft Windows Server applications within the AWS Free Usage Tier, a program designed to help new AWS customers get started in the cloud.

Developers and businesses with Windows Server applications can take advantage of 750 hours of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) Micro Instance usage per month, at no charge for a one-year period.

With the expansion of the AWS Free Usage Tier, Windows developers now have access to the same free resources on AWS as Linux developers, says. This gives them the ability to launch new applications, test existing applications in the cloud, or gain hands-on experience with AWS, the company says.

“Our customers want the flexibility to choose how they build their applications without being locked into a particular programming model, language or operating system,” Peter De Santis, general manager of Amazon EC2, said in a statement. “We continue to focus on increasing that flexibility. Through our continued work with Microsoft, Windows developers now have an opportunity to see, at no cost, how they can leverage [AWS’] computing environment.”

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 the high-power Cluster Compute instances, Microsoft SQL 2012 beta preview on AWS and Microsoft BizSpark Licenses on AWS.



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