Microsoft has announced that their web Store for apps and games is now open in 37 new locations around the world, which now includes a number of African countries.
Users of Windows Phone devices will now be able to buy, download and access a large number of apps and games, which now encompasses a total of 112 markets worldwide. The African nations that have been granted access are Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Congo (DRC), Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
“Shopping for apps on WindowsPhone.com has gotten a lot easier recently, with more accurate search results, new categories, and the addition of Collections, our handpicked guides to the Store’s best apps and games,” wrote Microsoft’s Mazhar Mohammed in a blog post.
In the post Mohammed also highlighted the new features of the web Store. “The first is universal search. Instead of having to go one place to find apps and another to search for how-to articles, you’ll now see all these search results in one place, which should help make it faster and easier to find what you’re looking for.”
He added that “The web Store also now has support for installing apps via SD card, which many Windows Phone 8 models support. This option can be useful when a cellular or Wi-Fi data connection isn’t available. Just look for the “Download and install manually” link on the app’s details page. Click to download the app’s installation—or.xap—file, which can then be copied over to the phone’s SD card and installed.”
Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor