Liferay have made their new Marketplace available to the public. The Liferay Marketplace features over 70 enterprise tools and apps that customers can use, all of which have been developed by the company itself. The enterprise-class open-source portal, which was created by Liferay is very useful for many people and this new development should prove to be a huge step up in its convenience and popularity.
Independent software vendors and developers are also being invited to start creating their own apps for the Liferay Marketplace. They will be made available to all customers, from those who are app developers themselves, to others that find their hobbies in other things like playing online games at PartyPoker.com and just like to get their hands on the latest apps. The Marketplace will feature built-in transactions and payment processing, so it will be fully functional and convenient.
This development is good news for those who regularly use Liferay. They will now be able to search for, download and review apps, as well as install them on their own Liferay Portal. Everyone will then be able to customise and extend existing deployments, regardless of their particular skill-set. It will also show users the most popular applications and more detailed descriptions of apps. The reviews that customers can leave will help others to choose which ones to install and to make sure that they are making the right choice.
As well as proving to be useful for customers, the Liferay Marketplace will also enable developers to share their app creations with a larger audience. It is a great channel for distribution and hopefully will encourage more and more developers to get their ideas out into the world. This new platform is very exciting for developers and customers alike, and Liferay will be looking forward to the future.