Microsoft Azure Marketplace

Over the years, Microsoft´s Azure Marketplace has substantially grown in size. It is providing a diverse catalog with thousands of cloud apps and services from independent software vendors (ISVs) that have been certified and optimized to run on Azure.

While the offering of cloud-apps there is being considered top-notch, there were growing complaints about its usability. With an increasing number of categories, app types and providers, searching for specific solutions had become more and more time-consuming.

To improve the user experience, Microsoft has developed a whole new Azure Marketplace interface which should make things much easier.

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The search form now provides instant search suggestions for typed in words, sorted by relevance and popularity.

With improved taxonomy and filters for categories and sub-categories discovering solutions is also much easier now, even if you have no concrete idea. Starting with general terms and then narrowing down the search is a good way to find the best solutions for each case.

As this works without logging into the Azure portal, research can be now done much quicker. Like in other app-stores, browsing the Azure Marketplace can be done by anybody.

Only if you decide to test-drive or book a certain service, entering the Microsoft Azure portal is required by clicking on one of the two blue buttons below the app-logo.

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