As I mentioned in my previous post, today we announced the launch of the Windows Azure Marketplace. Windows Azure Marketplace is an online marketplace to find, share, advertise, buy and sell building block components, premium data sets and finished applications. The section of Windows Azure Marketplace focusing on ‘data’ related transactions has been named DataMarket (previously Microsoft Codename “Dallas”).

DataMarket will include data, imagery, and real-time web services from leading commercial data providers and authoritative public data sources. Customers will have access to datasets such as demographic, environmental, financial, retail, weather and sports.

DataMarket enables developers to access data as a service. DataMarket exposes OData API’s which can be leveraged by developers on any platform to build innovative applications. Developers can also use service references to these API’s in Visual studio, making it easy for developers to consume the datasets.

Information workers will now be able to make better data purchasing decisions using rich visualization on DataMarket. DataMarket connectivity from Excel and PowerPivot will enable information workers to perform better analytics by mashing up enterprise and industry data.

Today’s key announcements around DataMarket include:

  • Windows Azure Marketplace is the all-up marketplace brand for Microsoft’s cloud platform and “Dallas” is now the premium Data section of this marketplace.
  • DataMarket has been released to web with a brand new user experience and expanded datasets from leading content providers.
  • The ‘Excel Add-in for DataMarket’ is now available for download HERE.
  • An updated version of PowerPivot, with DataMarket connectivity is available HERE.
  • DataMarket has been launched with over 35 content provider partners with content ranging from demographic, geospatial, financial, retail, sports, weather, environmental and health care.


  • Today we also announced some of our early adopter ISV/SI partners on DataMarket which include Accenture, SAS, Tableau, Dundas, Jackbe, Enroute, Sitecore, Pervasive, among others.

DataMarket ISV Partners 1027

Here is what some of our partners have to say about DataMarket.

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