I recently found something interesting while browsing through the web. Something called Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). What is this? Well it is a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers. Ok and it seems that one is able to use Amazon EC2 to host highly scalable ASP.NET sites, high performance computing (HPC) clusters, media transcoders, SQL Server, and more. You can run Visual Studio (or another development environment) on your desktop and run the finished code in the Amazon cloud. That is impressive and what will Microsoft answer be on this development? Microsoft will announce a new operating system, codenamed “Windows Cloud”, at the forthcoming Professional Developers Conference end of this month. And Steve Ballmer even said:” By the time we finish our Professional Developers Conference this month, I think you’ll have to say, that there is nobody out there with as wider range of Cloud Computing services as Microsoft including dare I say it, Google.” So he forgot all about Amazon and EC2. I am curious now what Windows Cloud is, I at least now know what Amazon is going to offer in the near future. Will the real cloud platform stand up!