Windows Azure Store preview launched

Microsoft loves the concept of app stores. It started this trend with Windows Store for Windows 8 and Windows Phone Store (formerly Windows Phone Marketplace) for Windows Phone devices. There's even a Office Store that's currently in a preview state.

Today, as part of its second keynote event at the BUILD 2012 developer conference, Microsoft announced a preview version of the Windows Azure Store. This new download app store front is for both first and third party apps to extend the use of Microsoft's cloud-based services.

The store already has a number of apps available for download, allowing for both app services and data via Windows Azure. It includes apps from Microsoft itself, such as Bing Search and Microsoft Translator, along with apps from other companies such as Address Check.

According to the app's description, "Address Check will help you save money on postage and reduce undeliverable mail and shipments by cleaning your database of inaccurate and undeliverable addresses."

There's no word on when Windows Azure Store will come out of its preview version.

Source: Windows Azure Store | Image via Microsoft

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I'm really skeptical this will take off. I can't imagine a company purchasing server applications in an app store for multi million $$$ operations...

Gersson said,
I'm really skeptical this will take off. I can't imagine a company purchasing server applications in an app store for multi million $$$ operations...

yeah, when we purchase big applications there is meetings with the app makers, vendors, agreements have to be signed, all kinds of legal stuff, not go to an app store, click buy... and in the corporate world, prices are rarely fixed...

Gersson said,
I'm really skeptical this will take off. I can't imagine a company purchasing server applications in an app store for multi million $$$ operations...

These aren't necessarily line of business apps, they're services that can be tied into your cloud apps or workflow. So you can setup a VPN to zure, do address verification from D&B or host a database or tie services into your ecommerce site or whatever it is you have running on azure.. instead of having to acquire licensing from each vendor, you can now license under a single market.. great service if you ask me.

There seems to only handfull of apps at the moment. They seem to have removed opensource website. maybe its somewhere else. i will dig through. website has got a lot better since a month ago.