Windows Hosting services are becoming much more preferred among webmasters, due to their ease of use and access to exclusive services and applications only available on the Windows platform. However, Windows' popularity in server racks is far exceeded by the desktop counterpart; Linux servers are far more stable and preferred for server hosting purposes, for a selection of reasons. For a lot of, Windows servers will be unnecessary, and simply just an added cost that offers no benefits, but there are a few fringe cases where Windows Hosting is helpful or useful over Linux Hosting.
Windows servers use Internet Information Services (IIS) to host websites. It is available on all Windows machines as a "unseen" attribute, and even regular home computers can be used to host servers with this service, supplied there is enough bandwidth. Microsoft's answer to the free and extensively used MySQL database service is called Microsoft's SQL server. It has a large attribute set that includes stored procedures and induces and is a commonly used for optimized and high performance solutions and applications. The fact that Windows hosted websites are typically using ASP.net, indicates that the websites can be programmed in any.NET programming language like C # or Visual Basic. This gives advantages like memory leak protection, crash protection, and so much more. Websites can be programmed in object-oriented fashions, which must excite any kind of programmers.
Also, Windows has a lot of business level applications that are known for being stable and best for businesses and business. One of these applications is called an Exchange Server, which manages data and information. Using a Windows server will allow you to run applications that are exclusive to the Windows Operating System, and this is best for users aiming to run backlinking or Search Engine Optimization (SEO) software on a server, to increase their rankings in search engines like Google.
However, there are downsides to using Windows Hosting services, and a lot of them will far exceed the advantages. The greatest thing is Microsoft charges licensing fees to companies or individuals wishing to use Windows Hosting services, while Linux Hosting service licenses are free. IIS, ASP.net, and.NET support come with all Windows installations, but SQL and Exchange Servers also require additional licensing fees, so the costs add up when hosting with a Windows server. Most of the products and services used on Windows platforms are closed source, while a lot of are open source on Windows, and most of these products are commercialized and require additional licensing and even more fees to pay to run the server. Linux is really well known for its stability (at least when used and put in correctly for hosting services), while Windows is known to have some problems and stability issues. Virtually everyone has heard of the Blue Screen of Death, and it happens periodically when using Windows machines.
In conclusion, it comes down to the extra costs, but extra application support when using Windows Servers. If there are applications that are needed to be used on a Windows Operating System, then the bullet will have to be bitten and the extra costs will have to be applied.