Yesterday I was presenting on the Windows Azure Platform to Microsoft ISVs in Manchester (slides and links from an earlier delivery). One of the areas I covered was the Windows Azure Application Marketplace and more specifically how important I felt it was for UK ISVs to explore and embrace the concept of marketplaces for B2C and B2B (I feel I need to post on this … watch this space). Hence I was interested to see Gartner put App Stores firmly in their Top 10 strategic technologies for 2012  list.

As reported on OnWindows

App stores and marketplaces: Gartner forecasts that by 2014, there will be more than 70 billion mobile application downloads from app stores every year. This will grow from a consumer-only phenomena to an enterprise focus....

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