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Windows server for a year free on EC2
By Dave Winer on Monday, January 16, 2012 at 10:19 AM.

A picture named fresca.gifAmazon apparently has announced that they will provide free use of a Windows server on Amazon EC2 for a year.  #

This is a big deal for us because the EC2 for Poets server package runs on Windows on Amazon's system. Now the ability to run a server for a year costs nothing, so there's no barrier for its use in education. #

We had asked Amazon to allow students to create servers at no charge so they could learn how to operate their own publishing and editorial infrastructure. I didn't imagine getting this much free server time for students. And of course the offer is open to everyone, not just in education. #

This is a huge deal. For example it will be possible for one user to host rivers for a whole company (even a very large one) for one year for nothing. Or publish linkblog feeds for a few hundred users -- all for nothing.  #

Thanks to Amazon and Microsoft for putting this together.  #

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