June 23, 2024

With Microsoft Build 2024 proper across the nook, I’m excited to share how the Microsoft commercial marketplace is extending innovation. As we enter the period of AI, I’m seeing builders make the most of {the marketplace} to make use of cutting-edge AI instruments that speed up adoption of next-generation options for his or her organizations. On the identical time, extra prospects than ever are utilizing {the marketplace} to search out, attempt, and undertake new AI options rapidly. Finally, {the marketplace}—as an extension of the Microsoft Cloud—is how your AI and Microsoft Copilot purposes are found and deployed.

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Microsoft business market

Discover, purchase, and ship the precise cloud options to your group’s altering wants

On the coronary heart of {the marketplace} is our in depth catalog of options from Microsoft’s strong community of companions and software program growth firms. These options are surfaced throughout our in-product experiences, in addition to in our storefronts. At this time, {the marketplace} helps a various catalog of AI-powered options, together with AI-enabled software-as-a-service (SaaS) choices, Copilot extensions, AI-enabled Microsoft Groups purposes, machine studying fashions from companions akin to Mistral AI, and extra. Whereas Microsoft helps quite a lot of methods for companions to construct AI-based expertise, {the marketplace} is the place prospects can discover all of those options from one trusted supply.

Companions innovating with AI

We’ve seen a triple-digit share improve year-over-year in transactable AI provides printed on the Microsoft business market. And prospects are keen to find the AI options that finest match their distinctive wants. Visits to AI resolution pages on our storefronts have elevated greater than 700% year-over-year, and AI options proceed to make up a quickly rising share of gross sales transacted by {the marketplace}.*

Throughout one among our Microsoft Construct periods, you’ll hear from two companions who’re constructing thrilling AI options that leverage the Microsoft Cloud and can be found now by {the marketplace}:

  • Pinecone helps firms construct generative AI purposes sooner with vector databases. Pinecone will be deployed with Microsoft Azure and throughout numerous information sources, fashions, and frameworks. Pinecone serverless, coming to {the marketplace} quickly, will ship generative AI purposes even sooner at as much as 50 instances decrease price.
  • UiPath’s Business Automation Platform allows prospects to supercharge productiveness, rework consumer experiences, and innovate sooner with AI-powered automations. With greater than 80 platform integrations, prospects can faucet into UiPath enterprise-grade automation capabilities straight from Microsoft 365, Azure, Microsoft Dynamics 365, and Copilot.

Smarter buying by {the marketplace}

Microsoft is the one firm that may assist your entire ecosystem of AI—from the infrastructure and information layers all the best way to the front-end consumer expertise with Copilot. This allows builders to construct next-generation AI instruments rapidly and for companions to attach their AI options to the Microsoft buyer base by {the marketplace}—making it environment friendly and scalable for organizations to find and undertake AI broadly. Throughout this AI transformation, the Microsoft business market is how we’re enabling companies of each dimension to entry the options they want.

With fast technological growth, it has change into much more essential to steadiness the necessity to innovate with assembly enterprise necessities. By aligning SaaS technique to {the marketplace}, organizations can unify their information to get essentially the most out of their AI investments:

  • Strive before you purchase. {The marketplace} permits you to attempt new options earlier than you make a bigger dedication. Free trials or direct purchases of a small variety of licenses can make sure the expertise works to your group earlier than making a giant funding. {The marketplace} additionally helps proofs-of-concept with personal provides, so you possibly can additional vet options earlier than widescale adoption.
  • Innovate sooner. Centralizing cloud portfolios helps you lower time-to-value. AI options are a part of one complete catalog and pre-certified to run on Azure. Distributors will be onboarded immediately, and billing is simplified by a single bill.
  • Maximize investments. Organizations can optimize cloud spend by counting the options they want in direction of their Azure consumption dedication. Microsoft mechanically counts 100% of eligible provides in direction of your dedication, serving to unlock reductions on Azure infrastructure.
  • Create alignment throughout groups. {The marketplace} makes it simpler to maintain groups aligned utilizing accepted options. With personal Azure market, an administrator can pre-select accepted options so your workforce can compliantly entry what they want. If a wanted resolution shouldn’t be but accepted, workforce members can simply request it’s added, empowering innovation with the precise guardrails to safeguard investments. 
Govern and management with a personal Azure market

All of this interprets into big financial savings of money and time. In a 2023 Complete Financial Influence™ research commissioned by Microsoft, Forrester Consulting discovered {the marketplace} delivers prospects a three-year 587% return on funding (ROI) with a payback interval of lower than six months.

Be part of us at Microsoft Construct

We’re excited to be accelerating the period of AI by setting the usual for the creation and commerce of AI options. For builders constructing new options, I encourage you to take a look at instruments and advantages from ISV Success that can assist you to notice these improvements. Companions can even use Market Rewards to speed up their market development and generate excessive affect alternatives.

We’ll share extra in regards to the worth of {the marketplace} to your group in upcoming periods at Microsoft Construct. Whether or not you’re attending in Seattle or nearly, I hope you’ll be a part of our specialists to study extra.


*Inside information from our information analytics workforce