Azure Store FAQs
Answers to common questions about Azure Store Add-ons
- What is the Azure Store?
The Azure Store helps Azure users find developer services and data from third parties that help make the experience of building on the Azure platform easy, flexible and rich. Purchases can be made directly through the Azure management portal, making it easy for customers to get what they need quickly.
- How does it differ from the Azure Marketplace?
The Azure Store makes it easy to find and purchase add-ons, and use them to create great applications. It is an integral part of the Azure Management Portal. Its target audience is developers and IT pros who use Azure.
The Azure Marketplace is a global online market where ISVs and Data Publishers can publish and sell finished applications and premium datasets to business customers. Its target audience is information workers and IT pros who are not building or hosting apps in Azure.
- What are the benefits of the Azure Store?
The Azure Store helps Azure users find developer services and data sets that make building on Azure easy and rich. The Azure Store is an integral part of the Azure management portal. Developers can add developer services and data sets to their Azure projects just the same as they would add any other native Azure resource.
In the Azure Store, developers will find developer services and data from Microsoft and third parties, ranging from monitoring and scaling services from providers like AppDynamics and New Relic, to Bing search APIs, to historical weather data from Weather Trends International.
- What are some useful forums, blogs, etc. to read and post about Azure Store?
There are many sources of Azure Store promotion.
- What is the difference between Free Tier and Free Trial?
Free Tier is an offer plan that is perpetually free, whereas a Free Trial is a paid offer plan that is promotionally free for a definitive amount of time.
- Where can I submit questions, comments, concerns, etc.?
- What is the Azure Store Management Portal?
The Azure Store Management Portal (a.k.a. Add-on Management Portal) provides many management functionalities for Add-ons. The Portal provides an overview of all of the purchased Add-ons. For each purchased Add-on, the Portal provides functionality to navigate to the services website via single sign on (SSO), view Connection Information, Upgrade the offer plan, configure contact settings, and view a Usage Overview Dashboard that contains Service links and Publisher/Offer information.
- What is the Azure Billing Portal?
The Azure Store Billing Portal provides subscription details for all of the purchased Add-ons. This is not to be confused with the Billing Portal for Azure subscriptions as this portal does not have any Billing related information for Add-ons. For each purchased Add-on, the Portal provides an Overview and Billing History. The Overview gives general subscription information such as subscription date purchased and current billing period.
- How do I report content infringement?
You can report content infringement via the IP Infringement form located here.
- What countries/regions are supported for Azure Store Consumers (i.e. Sell To)?
Azure Store is currently available to consumers in the following countries:
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Great Britain (United Kingdom)
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- South Korea
- Sri Lanka
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United Arab Emirates
- United States
- What is the difference between Azure Anniversary Date and Offer Anniversary Date?
Azure Anniversary Date is the date in which the user signed up for an Azure subscription. An Offer Anniversary Data is the date in which a user purchased an Add-on subscription.
- What can I find in the Azure Store?
To browse a full list of Add-ons refer to. Popular application services, including open source, plus premium data sets:
- App services include: Services from MongoLab, AppDynamics, and others. Services range from MySQL, to Ruby and Java platforms, to monitoring and scaling services, to email delivery.
- Data sets include: Data from Microsoft Bing, Dun & Bradstreet, and others. Buyers can find everything from weather trends to text translation to tax rates.
- Is there a sample for how to consume a 3rd Party Service (aka Add-On)?
- How will I be billed for Azure Store subscriptions?
Your Store subscriptions will be charged to the same credit card as your Azure subscription. The Store only accepts credit cards at this time.
- Will Azure Store purchases appear on my Azure bill, or will there be another bill?
Your purchases will be charged to the same payment instrument as your Azure subscription, but you will receive a separate billing statement for each purchase you make from the Azure Store. This is separated in the Billing Portal under the sub menus "subscriptions" and "store".
- How often will I be billed for my Azure Store purchases?
Azure Store purchases are billed monthly, and in advance. So the first month of your subscription will be charged to your on-file payment instrument immediately when you purchase; and subsequent charges will occur on that date each month until you delete the purchase.
- How does the Azure Store work for monetary commitment subscriptions – do purchases count toward the commitment?
No. Azure Store purchases will be charged to the same payment instrument as your Azure subscription, but they will not count against your monetary commitment, if you have one.
- Can I purchase from the Azure Store against my Enterprise Agreement?
No you cannot. In preview, the store is disabled for Enterprise Agreement subscriptions.
- If I am not satisfied, can I return a purchase?
You cannot return an Azure Store purchase, but you can delete it. Once it has been deleted, you will not be charged for subsequent months.
- How do I find out how much of my store purchase I have used?
When you view the Dashboard of your Add-on purchases in the Azure management portal, you will find usage information. During the preview, not all purchases will have this capability.
- Will Azure Store offerings be priced by the hour?
No. Azure Store offerings are all monthly subscriptions.
- Can I choose which Azure region(s) my Store purchase will be deployed in?
During the preview, Store offers will be available in a limited number of regions.
- If I purchase from the Azure Store on a pay-as-you go subscription, but then want to move my app to an Enterprise Agreement subscription, what happens?
It is not possible to move an Azure Store purchase to an Enterprise Agreement subscription, because the Azure Store is not available in Enterprise Agreement subscriptions. Furthermore, pay-as-you-go subscriptions are not supported yet.
- How are my Azure Store purchases treated when I use a local emulator as my development environment?
You can connect your local development environment to Azure Store purchases, but they are not replicated locally.
- If I accidentally delete an Azure Store purchase, can I “undo” the action?
No, deletions are final. If you accidentally delete a subscription, you can easily restart it by purchasing again, but will lose any unused functionality so take care when deleting a subscription.
- Does Azure keep track of dependencies? Will I be warned if I try to delete an Azure Store purchase that is in use by one of my apps?
No, Azure will not warn you if you delete a purchase that your app depends on.
- If my Azure Store purchase has any dependencies on other assets such as an Azure Web Site, will I have to manage them?
Dependencies are not automatically managed for Azure Store offerings. Please carefully review the description of your Azure Store purchase before using it, to determine if there are any dependencies you should be aware of before deployment.
- How are upgrades managed? If my Azure Store purchase needs an upgrade, do I need to take any action? How will I know whether an upgrade is going to affect my app?
All the offerings in the Azure Store are online services, so the providers are responsible for any necessary updates. You are not required to take any action. However, this means the services you use from the Azure Store are subject to change. As with any dependency you take on an online service, you should monitor for changes that impact your app(s).
If a user would like to upgrade to a different offer plan, the user can do so but take care as the upgrade will charge the user at the time of purchase and any unused functionality of current subscription will be lost. Otherwise, the user could purchase a completely separate subscription.
- Are virtual machine images available in the Azure Store?
No. At this time, store offerings are all online services.
- What countries is the Azure Store available in (i.e. Sell From)?
During the preview, the Azure Store is available only in the United States.
- How are services selected for publication in the store?
During Preview, listing your service Azure Store is by invitation only. If you wish to submit an offering to be considered for an invitation, please send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Your name, company name and contact details.
- A description of the service you with to list in the Azure Store (300 words or less).
- The global availability of your service.
- What is the process for onboarding 3rd Party Partners?
Please see our onboarding guide and API documentation located on GitHub.
- What is the Publisher Portal?
The Publisher Portal is a tool that allows Azure Store Partners to submit their technical and marketing related collateral for their service, and manage updates to their Add-on over time. See our Publisher Portal guide on GitHub for an overview.
- What is the Preview Environment?
The Preview Environment is a staging environment where a Partner can test their Add-on and simulate purchases and configuration. The Preview Environment is accessed from the Publisher Portal once an Add-on is ready to be tested.
- Do I have to be a member of the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) to list my data and services in the Azure Store?
No, you do not have to be an MPN member.
- Where is the Azure Store SDK?
The Azure Store SDK and other resources are on GitHub.
- How will Microsoft market the Store to developers and IT Pros?
The Azure Store is an integral part of the Azure Management Portal. Developers and IT Pros using Azure will have exposure to it every time they log in. In addition to being available in the Azure Management Portal, Azure Store Add-ons will be listed on the Azure website, in the Azure Store Catalog.
- How does customer billing work? What billing options are available to sellers?
Billing is based on a monthly subscription, with an option to define multiple “plans” or subscription tiers. Microsoft will bill the customer monthly for your product/service. The seller will receive a revenue share of 80 percent from Microsoft via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) with Net 45 terms.
Currently, Partners are encouraged to provide, at a minimum, a perpetually free tier (i.e. limited functionality, but something that encourages customer adoption) and a paid tier. Monthly subscriptions are the only paid tier billing model supported during the Azure Store Preview.
- Will Azure Store purchases be priced by the hour?
Usage Based Billing (a.k.a. Usage Consumption Billing or Pay-as-you-go Billing) is not available at this time but in active development.
- What about finished applications? I have built an application on Azure that I want to sell to businesses, but it’s not intended for other Azure Developers.
You should list your application on Microsoft Pinpoint, the largest online marketplace for IT providers and their software and services built upon Microsoft technologies. Pinpoint is designed to help business customers find applications and services that complement Microsoft solutions, but does not require an Azure subscription. Microsoft marketing campaigns direct customers who are looking for cloud solutions to the site.
- What is the revenue share model for Azure Store?
Sellers receive 80%; Microsoft keeps 20%
- How will I receive payment for my Azure Store sales?
Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) with Net 45 terms
- What are the criteria for inclusion in the Azure Store?
- Is there any cost to publish in the Azure Store?
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