Individual coders may now use Amazon’s AI-powered coding assistant for free, undercutting its Microsoft-made competitor’s $10 monthly fee. In a post shared on Thursday, Amazon said that their CodeWhisperer tool is now available to anyone who registers to use it.
Last year, Amazon released CodeWhisperer as a preview, allowing developers to generate lines of code from text-based prompts within a variety of integrated development environments (IDEs), such as Visual Studio Code. With the recently released free version, developers who don’t use Amazon Web Services will have much easier access to it than they had before, as it was initially exclusively made available to AWS subscribers.
Microsoft-owned GitHub beat Amazon to the punch with its Copilot AI tool, announced in June of last year. Although the coding assistant similarly generates and suggests code from within an IDE, Microsoft only made the tool free for students and developers working on popular open-source projects, requiring all other users to pay $10 per month or $100 per year for access. Google’s DeepMind has its own AlphaCode tool as well, but it’s still in the testing phase.
However, this isn’t the only AI-related update that Amazon shared. It’s also launching something called Bedrock, which helps businesses in developing and scaling generative AI programs. It comes with several foundational models (FMs) on top of which programmers can build, such as Anthropic’s Claude, Stable Diffusion, and Amazon Titan. As a result, it should be simpler for third parties to develop AI-powered tools that produce text, respond to queries, create summaries, and more.