Amazon has made its AI-powered coding assistance free for developers. This is a significant price cut compared to its Microsoft-made competitor. Amazon announced in an post shared on Thursday that its CodeWhisperer software is now free for anyone who registers to use it.
Amazon released CodeWhisperer last year as a preview. Developers can use it within various integrated development environment (IDEs), such as Visual Studio Code to generate code based upon a text-based request. The original version was only available to Amazon Web Services users, but the recently announced free tier will make it more accessible to other developers.
Microsoft’s GitHub, which is owned by Amazon , beat Amazon with its Copilot AI Tool announced in June last year. Microsoft’s coding assistant, which generates code and offers suggestions from an IDE for developers and students working on open-source projects is free. All other users must pay 10 per month or $100 for access. Google DeepMind’s Alpha Code tool is also available, but still in beta testing.
Amazon has announced other AI-related updates. is also launching Bedrock which will help companies create and scale generative AI applications. The platform comes with a number of foundational models that developers can use, such as Anthropic’s Claude and Stable Diffusion. Third parties should be able to easily create AI-powered tools which can generate text, answer queries, create summaries and more.