At the 2011 Worldwide Partner Conference, day two, Micosoft announced announced that they've expanded the capability of the marketplace to sell finished applications built on Windows Azure in US markets. As of today, the company has 578 offerings in the Marketplace and will expand to additional geographies in the coming months.
"Windows Azure Marketplace will now enable application sales, allowing partners and customers to easily sell, try and buy Windows Azure-based applications. This capability builds on 99 partner data offerings already available for sale through the Marketplace and more than 450 currently listed applications," revealed the company.
The new Windows Azure Marketplace application selling capability is available today.
Benefits of the Windows Azure Marketplace include:
- Global Reach: Windows Azure Marketplace provides a destination in cloud for Windows Azure based partner's applications. This will make it easy for customers and partners to find various types of applications. Windows Azure Marketplace has pre-built integration with Office, SQL Server, Bing which enables information Workers to find Data and services from applications they use everyday.
- Premium Experiences: Windows Azure Marketplace is a curated marketplace for applications and data by trusted Microsoft partners. It provides easy interface to discover, subscribe and purchase applications and datasets.
- Secure Platform: Windows Azure Marketplace is built on secure commerce platform with integrated billing and reporting. It also provides consistent, flexible and context optimized APIs to access data and web services.