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Amazon launches new way to work in the cloud

Amazon Web Services' new enterprise service WorkSpaces lets users access applications on the go.

A screenshot showing what WorkSpaces access looks like from a Kindle Fire tablet. Amazon Web Services

If your company has adopted Amazon Web Services, you could find yourself using Amazon's new WorkSpaces to access your company's desktop applications through mobile devices or on the Web.

The company broadly launched the service Wednesday after testing it for the last several months. The Workspaces service allows users to work from the cloud by connecting them to their virtual desktop.

That means you can use all the usual applications that your job requires, even outside of your office. Or, if you are switching from one device to another, logging into WorkSpaces will bring you to wherever you left off so you don't have to reopen any applications or files. The service works for PC, Mac, iPad and Android tablets, including Amazon's Kindle Fire.

Amazon customer Peet's Coffee and Tea was one of the 10,000 companies that signed up for WorkSpaces, and it found the service was secure and saved the company money, according to a blog post from Amazon Web Services.

Consumers may not be familiar with Amazon's enterprise services, but that operation has quickly become a huge part of Amazon's business. The company's huge footprint in enterprise -- Amazon can count companies like Netflix and Comcast among its customers -- makes it a formidable opponent in cloud computing.

Update, 11:40 a.m. PT:Added more information on how the service works and availability.