More features (and Angry Birds Space) added to Windows Phone Store

As Windows Phone 8 gets ready for its official debut in the US (via AT&T) on Friday, Microsoft has announced that the Windows Phone Store has also been updated with some new features.

In a post on the official Windows Phone blog, Microsoft's Mazhar Mohammed reveals that the Windows Phone Store now has a feature called Collections. The blog states:

A Collection is group of six or more apps organized around a theme and handpicked by our team of experts (yes, there are some lucky people who get paid to play with apps all day!). When making their picks, these in-house curators take into account everything from quality to local calendars to customs, so the apps you see depend on both when and where you’re browsing. We plan to update Collections regularly so they’re fresh and relevant.

There are currently over 450 Collections that can be seen in 19 different Windows Phone markets, with more in the works.

Another new feature is Picks for You, which uses Microsoft's Bing search to offer recommendations to Windows Phone users for more apps based on what they have downloaded in the past. The post then goes over some other previously announced Windows Store features, including the family friendly Kid's Corner.

Microsoft also announced that two popular mobile games, Cut The Rope and Angry Birds Space, have now made their official Windows Phone debut in the store. Each game will set you back 99 cents.

Source: Windows Phone blog | Images via Microsoft

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it be a fail for Microsoft to leave 7.5 users in the dark. I am hoping that the 7.8 comes out in the coming weeks. And for now Microsoft hasn't mention a word of the release date for upgrades to 7.8.

Anyone else having problems with Marketplace in the UK? I've been trying to update some apps all day on my phone (WP7.5) only to be told that Marketplace is down - just tried to buy Cut The Rope through the internet now and it says the system is temporarily unavailable
PS - Add me as another unhappy camper that Angry Birds Space is W8 only.

And so the fragmentation begins.
"Can't get app
Your version of the Windows Phone software is not supported by this application. "
(Angry birds on Nokia Lumia 800)
All the fanboys on this site assured us this wouldn't happen. They'll develop for WP7 first as it has the market share they told us.
And now you can see why people were justifiably miffed to not get a proper upgrade!

the better twin said,
And so the fragmentation begins.
"Can't get app
Your version of the Windows Phone software is not supported by this application. "
(Angry birds on Nokia Lumia 800)
All the fanboys on this site assured us this wouldn't happen. They'll develop for WP7 first as it has the market share they told us.
And now you can see why people were justifiably miffed to not get a proper upgrade!

I would imagine you are trying to install angry birds space???
space is only available to windows 8 windows rt and windows phone 8, so no it would not be available on your lumia 800.

Any word about Microsoft adding new payment options besides creditcards? Lots of stuff I like to buy but I dont want to keep on purchasing pre-paid creditcards.

Ronnet said,
Any word about Microsoft adding new payment options besides creditcards? Lots of stuff I like to buy but I dont want to keep on purchasing pre-paid creditcards.

WP already supports carrier payments (if your carrier supports it) and win WP8 it will support payment through the Wallet API

Ronnet said,
Any word about Microsoft adding new payment options besides creditcards? Lots of stuff I like to buy but I dont want to keep on purchasing pre-paid creditcards.

PayPal is supported in WP8 and Wallet