A Windows hosting package enables an individual or company to host their website on the Microsoft Windows Platform. A hosting plan with windows is ideally suited to sites that have been developed using SQL, ASP.NET or ASP technology.
Sites that have been designed using Windows can still be hosted by either Linux or Windows, providing that they do not need special features such as MS-SQL or ASP. Windows is said to be slower than a Linux hosting plan and while there is some truth to that, this difference would not be noticeable to the average user.
The Windows platform is relatively new compared to its main competitor which is Linux, but hosting on Windows has become increasingly popular over the years mainly due to some of its unique features. Windows allows the running of ASP scripts and utilizes .net along with other technologies from Microsoft.
There are several different versions of Windows available such as 2003, 2000 and NT Server, all offering different levels of technology and features.