Which Cloud Computing Service Hosts the Most Windows Computers?

When it comes to Linux instances running in the cloud, Amazon is the undisputed leader. But when it comes to Windows instances, the story is a little different.

According to Netcraft, “Microsoft now has 23,400 web-facing Windows computers against Amazon’s 22,600.” Each company’s Windows total represents “just over 1% of the market.”

The Netcraft report speculates, “Windows Azure Web Sites service — available to the general public since June 2013 — may be the driving force behind Azure’s growth. This Platform as a Service allows existing applications written in ASP, ASP.NET, PHP, Node.js, or Python to be deployed on an automatically scaling platform without managing individual computers.”

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