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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

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