What's New in the Public Marketplace
This topic maintains a record of Marketplace's service improvements and upgrades.
Windows Azure Marketplace (WAM) Februrary 2013 Improvements
In this release we added an Auto-refill option you can enable on any of your paid and limited subscriptions. Requested by you, our customers, Auto-refill is ability to ensure that you, or anyone using your subscription, do not reach your usage limit before the end of your subscription period, and thus avoid the resultant loss of service. Auto-refill does this by cancelling your current subscription and creating a new subscription before you reach your usage limit.
Marketplace SU9 Improvements
Support for end users using OrgID
In this release we’ve added support for purchasing commercial offers using OrgID. Members of your organization can subscribe to offers using your organization’s OrgID rather than having to use a personal LiveID.
Marketplace SU8 Improvements
View Sample Data
If the publisher enables View Sample Data, you can preview a sample dataset while perusing the list of offerings. For more information, see Find a Dataset of Interest.
Publishers can create and distribute discount coupon codes to targeted demographics. Customers can use the coupon codes to purchase data or applications at discounted rates. The publisher sets the term and discount rate. For more information, see Promotional Discounts.
Marketplace SU7 Improvements
Support for OrgID
Marketplace integrates with a number of existing Microsoft services. Some of these services, such as Office 365, CRM Online, and Windows Azure, support OrgId for user authentication. WAM seamlessly integrates with services that use OrgID so that a user logged on to one of these services with an OrgID can access WAM without further authentication.
When accessing WAM apart from a service that uses OrgID, the user has the choice of logging on with OrgID or Live ID.
View Sample Data
Publishers can create a default sample of their data available for customers to view. A predefined query generates the sample data that allows the customer to see but not use the data.
If the publisher enables View Sample Data, customers can preview a sample dataset from the Details page. For more information, see Pre-Examine the Dataset.
Marketplace SU6 Improvements
Create Promotional Discounts
Support is added for promotional codes which enable you to motivate others to purchase your datasets through targeted, time limited discounts.
Retrieve a Customer’s Subscription Info
For Windows Azure applications that access Windows Azure Marketplace (WAM) data, it is necessary to determine which datasets the customer is presently subscribed to. The My Datasets service allows appropriately authenticated applications to retrieve information about a user’s Windows Azure Marketplace (WAM) subscriptions.
Marketplace SU4/SU4.5 Improvements
Publish Your Data via the Marketplace
Publishing your valuable data on the Marketplace is now quicker and easier than ever. Use the online forms to register as a publisher and create data offerings.
See the topic Publish on the Marketplace for details and instructions.
Marketplace SU3 Improvements
The Windows Azure Marketplace (WAM) is expanded to include commercial applications provisioned by the Marketplace. These applications may or may not consume Marketplace data.
Now you can create and market your applications and leave provisioning to the Marketplace. Developers can use built-in support for consuming data feeds from the Marketplace within Visual Studio or from any web development tool that supports HTTP.
Publish Your Marketplace Application
The Marketplace provides a centralized place where you can market your applications. Like data publishers, you do not need to concern yourself with the subscription or billing process, the Marketplace takes care of those details for you. You just cash the checks we send to you.
Guidance for creating a Marketplace application is available at Develope a Marketplace Application.
Subscribe to a Marketplace Application
The Marketplace provides a centralized location where you can search for and subscribe to applications that leverage Windows Azure services. Browse the store of available applications and subscribe to any that provide you with you need.
Application subscriptions save you the upfront cost of purchasing an application and allow you to subscribe only as you need it.
Return to the Marketplace often as the list of available applications is dynamic and growing.
The Marketplace Home page is updated for SU3 to include application subscriptions in addition to data subscriptions. The links in the ribbon are now:
Find out more about the Marketplace. You can also initiate the process of becoming a Marketplace publisher from this screen.
Browse and subscribe to applications.
Browse and subscribe to datasets.
Manage your account keys and details, and browse you data and application subscriptions.
Marketplace SU2 Improvements
The Marketplace Service Explorer UI is changed and now includes additional features. New Service Explorer features allow you to:
Query your dataset and page through, jump to the beginning, end, or specific page of the result set. You can also change result set views (table, chart, .xml) with a single click of a button. See Query a Dataset.
Visualize a query result as a bar, column, or line chart right in Service Explorer. See Visualize a Dataset.
Export your query result in any of a number of file formats. See Export a Dataset.
Capture the query url for use in other programs. See Get the Query URL.
Some publishers of paid subscriptions provide one month free trials so you can try their datasets before you commit to purchasing. See Subscribe to the Dataset.
The Marketplace now supports eight new international markets and four new currencies. See http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=217257.
OAuth 2.0 Support
Marketplace's support for OAuth 2.0 (see OAuth 2.0) enables application development and distribution with the Marketplace taking the responsibility to manage and bill the individual application user. See Implement OAuth in your Marketplace App.
Social Networking Support
Find a dataset you think others would like? Click the Data tab then click the "Like" icon below the dataset description.
Click the Data tab then the Facebook icon in the lower right corner of the screen to follow the Marketplace on Facebook®.
Catch the Marketplace on You Tube®. Click Data tab and then the You Tube icon in the lower right corner of the screen.
Marketplace V1 Features
The User Interface (UI) for the Marketplace is changed.
Select from any of these five navigation tabs at the top of the page.
Learn - find out about the Marketplace.
Browse - see and subscribe to any of the many datasets available.
Partners - see and use solutions developed by others. See who is currently publishing data at the Marketplace.
My Data - manage your account and the datasets you subscribe to.
Help - get help
Select from any of the navigation buttons in the center of the page.
Learn More - find out about the
Explore the MarketPlace - browse datasets.
Use the links in this section to find resources, including videos, designed to help you use the Marketplace service.
Browse/Explore the MarketPlace
See the catalog of datasets available through the Marketplace. See a list of all the datasets together or a subset of datasets based upon Categories or Publishers you select.
Use Categories to filter the list of datasets to the subject matter of interest.
Use Publishers to filter the list of datasets to a particular publisher.
Click the Partners tab to see a list of the current data publishers that offer subscriptions through the Marketplace. Click any of the publishers to link to their sites. This list is dynamic, so check back often.
Use the options in this section to manage your account information, access your subscriptions, and manage your account keys.
More help, including videos and community links, to learn about the Marketplace.
Richer browse experience allows you to prefilter the datasets you browse by either category or publisher.
Infrastructure changes that impact developers include:
All data feeds are RESTfull OData feeds that use HTTP/HTTPS URIs.
Downloadable Service Classes access fixed query datasets.
Service References in Visual Studio to access flexible query datasets.