It is a great time to be a software developer with an entrepreneurial mindset. You can get access to development tools, startup resources, and much more at no charge or at a very low cost these days. You don't need to get venture capital or max out your credit cards in order to get started.
Microsoft, an AWS Solution Provider, offers the Microsoft® BizSpark® program to help software startups succeed by giving them access to Microsoft software development tools, connecting them with key industry players, including investors, and providing marketing visibility to help entrepreneurs who are starting a business. As part of this offer, BizSpark offers a select list of Microsoft licenses, including Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2.
We are pleased to announce that you can now import your BizSpark licenses for Windows Server and SQL Server products to AWS and use them to launch Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances. You can then run these products on EC2 instances at an hourly cost that has been adjusted to reflect the removal of the license charges. In other words, Windows instances will be billed at the same rate as Linux/Unix under this plan.