Microsoft has added Amazon to the list of firms not allowed to attend its upcoming Worldwide Partner Conference to be held in Washington DC in July.
Despite being partners, with users having the ability to Microsoft software on AWS (Amazon Web Services), both companies are now getting more competitive as Microsoft’s Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service gains a more secure foothold in the IaaS market following its launch last year.
At the time of going live in April 2013, Azure general manager Bill Hilf said that Microsoft will match AWS on price for any base-level infrastructure, and said on his blog: "Customers have also told me that they don’t want to have to choose either a low price or good performance; they want a low price and good performance. That’s why today we are also announcing a commitment to match Amazon Web Services prices for commodity services such as compute, storage and bandwidth."
In April, Microsoft slashed the prices of its Azure storage services by up to 65%.