Microsoft Updates Windows Azure Store
Microsoft has added new services and partners to the Windows Azure Store that the company previewed at its BUILD 2012 conference last fall.Microsoft has updated its Windows Azure Store with new add-ons and availability in new markets. At its BUILD 2012 conference, Microsoft announced the Windows Azure Store, which enables users to discover, purchase and provision premium add-on services, provided by Microsoft partners, for cloud-based applications. “For example, you can use the Windows Azure Store to easily set up a MongoDB database in seconds, or quickly set up an analytics service like New Relic that gives you deep insight into your application’s performance,” said Scott Guthrie, Microsoft’s corporate vice president who heads up the Windows Azure application platform, in a recent blog post. Guthrie said there is a growing list of app and data services now available through the Windows Azure Store, and the list is constantly expanding. Many services offered through the store include a free tier, which lets users try services with no obligation required. Services you decide to ultimately buy are automatically added to your standard Windows Azure bill – enabling you to add new capabilities to your applications without having to enter a credit card again or set up a separate payment mechanism,
The Windows Azure Store is currently available to customers in 11 markets: US, UK, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Spain, and South Korea. Over the next few weeks Microsoft will be expanding the store to be available in even more countries and territories around the world, Guthrie said.