More WPC09 News: Windows Marketplace For Mobile And Azure Pricing/Release Date

Whilst we are playing with the Office 2010 Technical Preview, there is more news coming out of/to be announced at the Worldwide Partner Conference.

Windows Mobile Marketplace

The following will be announced regarding Windows Mobile Marketplace today:

1. Application Submission Opens on July 27th: Windows Marketplace will open for application submissions from 29 supported countries* July 27th.
2. Windows Mobile 6.0 and 6.1 Support: Windows Marketplace will be available for Windows Mobile 6.0 and 6.1 by the end of 2009 (in addition to Windows Mobile 6.5 at launch in the fall).
3. Business Center: Windows Marketplace will feature a "Business Center" category for business applications.
4. Developer Contest: Microsoft will be disclosing the details of a Windows Marketplace developer contest on July 27.

Todd Brix, Senior Director for Mobile Platform Services Product Management at Microsoft, is on site at the Worldwide Partner Conference today talking to partners and presenting the Windows Marketplace strategy. He’ll also give a brief demonstration on the main stage Wednesday morning. Want to check it out now? He made a video for Channel 9 in which he covers the news and shows you a quick Marketplace demo.

* Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong SAR, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and the United States.

Previous articles about Windows Mobile Marketplace


Also (to be) announced today is the business model and release date of Azure:

The cloud operating system isn’t launching in final form until Microsoft’s November Professional Developer Conference, but the pricing announcement will be made at this week’s Worldwide Partner Conference. According to CNET:

On a pure consumption basis, Microsoft said it will charge 12 cents per hour for computing, 15 cents per gigabyte for storage and 10 cents per 10,000 storage transactions. For network bandwidth, the software maker is charging between 10 cents and 15 cents per gigabyte.

The discount plan, dubbed the "development accelerator" comes in two forms and offers a 15 percent to 30 percent discount off the consumption charges. It requires a six-month commitment, with overage charges billed at the regular rates. After six months, the pricing reverts to the standard Azure rates.

Microsoft also announced pricing for its SQL Azure database, charging $9.99 for the basic Web edition, including up to a 1GB relational database and $99.99 for the Business Edition, which includes up to a 10GB database.

Update: the CNET article missed out on the .NET services pricing. We find that on Todd Bishop’s Microsoft Blog:

.NET Services
Messages: $0.15 per 100K message operations, including Service Bus messages and Access Control tokens
Bandwidth: $0.10 in/$0.15 out per gigabyte

Official announcement by Microsoft
Previous articles about Azure

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