Amazon offers free entry-level Web services pricing. What will Microsoft do?

Mary Jo Foley: On October 21, Amazon.com announced a new, free entry-level tier for new Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers.

Is Microsoft going to retaliate, I wondered. Perhaps.

Amazon announced that new users will will be able to run a free Amazon EC2 instance for a year, "while also leveraging a new free usage tier for Amazon S3, Amazon Elastic Block Store, Amazon Elastic Load Balancing, and AWS data transfer." The company is calling the new offering its free usage tier...

Introducing Windows Product Scout

Mark Relph: Let's talk about choice. Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of Windows is choice – of how you want to use your PC, of hardware, of devices, of software and web apps. It is our amazing ecosystem of partners that brings choice to Windows 7 users with a vast array of products that extend and enhance their experience with their PC. If you want to experience that choice for yourself just visit any online retailer or search the internet with Bing. The choice is amazing and exploring the ecosystem just got a bit easier.

On behalf of the team here at Windows, I am pleased to announce Windows Product Scout launched last night...

Windows Phone 7 review

Have you been looking for the definitive review of Windows Phone 7? Well look no further. Microsoft'

Don't forget: Microsoft is (supposedly) working on a Windows app store, too

Mary Jo Foley: I'm seeing some Windows users ridicule (and a few quietly pining for) Microsoft to do what Apple announced today: Create an Apple-like App Store for Windows.

Supposedly, that's in the works, as some may recall from Windows 8 slides that leaked earlier this year. Remember those early-concept Windows 8 slides — the ones everyone believes Microsoft shared with its hardware partners (even though Microsoft still has not confirmed their veracity)?

Apple previews upcoming Mac OS X Lion

At a special Mac-focused event in Cupertino on Wednesday, Apple previewed the next version of its OS X operating system, called Lion.