Microsoft's latest server software is supported in addition to Server 2003 R2, 2008 and 2008 R2 as a Free Usage Tier, which includes 750 hours of a Micro Instance per month for one year.
According to AWS EC2 general manager Tom Rizzo, AWS now also supports the new .NET 4.5 framework that is included in Windows Server 2012. Developers can choose to use the AWS Elastic Beanstalk service to provision and deploy their applications, or use the AWS Explorer in Visual Studio 2012 to monitor AWS resources and deploy applications.
While Amazon offers its customers an option to remain on Microsoft's previous server platforms, the introduction of Server 2012 support is important as it allows customers to remain on Microsoft's upgrade path and keep their local and cloud development in sync.
Rizzo also noted that Amazon has begun offering 31 Windows Server 2012 Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) with AMIs for 19 different languages for Windows with SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 (Express, Web and Standard). The AMIs are available in every Region and can be used with any instance type, the executive said.
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