State and local governments evaluating a move to the cloud should have a central location where they can find partners and solutions with the right cloud-based solutions to meet their business needs.  To meet this need, the Public Sector team just announced the Microsoft Government Cloud Applications Center to provide government customers with a centralized place to quickly find and learn about partner applications built on Microsoft cloud computing technologies such as the Windows Azure platform.  Searchable by partner, solution or technology, customers assess compatibility, and obtain additional information such as contact information and links to partner websites.

The Government Cloud Applications Center is also a win for partners because it gives them a great place to showcase directly to potential customers their Windows Azure solutions and services, as well as those based on Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS).   Have a look and check back often as new partner solutions are added all the time.