Microsoft and Amazon are pretty fierce competitors in the corporate cloud server space. Microsoft offers Windows Azure while Amazon has its own Amazon Web Services. At the moment, Amazon is the leading cloud server supplier and this week, the company announced it would support a newly launched Microsoft OS.
In a blog post, the company stated, "AWS is excited to add Windows Server 2012 as an option for customers in addition to our existing Windows Server 2003 R2, 2008 and 2008 R2 offerings." Microsoft added support for Windows Server 2012 for Windows Azure subscribers in October. However, Amazon Web Services pointed out that their support of Microsoft's new OS is part of its AWS Free Usage Tier. It added, "By using it, you get 750 hours of a Micro Instance per month for a full year!"
Amazon also added support for .NET 4.5 as part of this upgrade. It said, "With integrated Visual Studio support, including the new Visual Studio 2012, getting started with building AWS applications is as easy as creating an AWS project in Visual Studio ..." The screenshot above has an example of that feature.
The General Manager for Windows on the AWS team is Tom Rizzo, who joined the company in June after working 16 years at Microsoft in a number of divisions, including Exchange Server, SQL Server and SharePoint Server.