Windows Phone Marketplace changed to Windows Phone Store?

Today, Microsoft announced its relaunch of its Windows Phone app developer service, with the new Windows Phone Dev Center branding. As it turns out, that may not be the only branding change for the Windows Phone division.

As first pointed out by WMPoweruser.com, the Windows Phone Dev Center's main web page has a link that shows how to submit a Windows Phone app for publishing in the "Windows Phone Store". If this is not a mistake on Microsoft's part, this means that the company has also renamed the Windows Phone downloadable app store front. Until today, it has been referred to as the Windows Phone Marketplace. So far Microsoft has yet to comment on this apparent name change.

This would not be an unexpected move by Microsoft. It's possible that the company wants to have a common name for all of its downloadable store fronts. Windows 8 has the Windows Store for "Metro" style apps and Microsoft recently launched the Office Store for people to download third party apps for the Office 2013 suite of software.

In any case, Microsoft seems to be leaning towards using the term "Store" for all of its app download services.

Via: WMPoweruser.com
Source: Windows Phone Dev Center page | Image via Microsoft

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morden said,

ah you're clearly a user of WP, idiot


Yes I do have a windows phone for over a year now. There is still nothing worth downloading.

sjust said,

Yes I do have a windows phone for over a year now. There is still nothing worth downloading.

okay than just list what you miss cos "still nothing" is just the equivalent of your comment's worth right now

morden said,

okay than just list what you miss cos "still nothing" is just the equivalent of your comment's worth right now


Why are you getting so bent out of shape because I voiced my opinion. I like my WP. I think the OS works very well. As for all the apps, I just don't see anything I would use so they are not worth my time. Do you make any of these apps? If not why does it bother you so much that I do not find anything useful in the app store. This is a phone, not a computer. I use it for making calls and txt messages and that is about it.

sjust said,

Why are you getting so bent out of shape because I voiced my opinion. I like my WP. I think the OS works very well. As for all the apps, I just don't see anything I would use so they are not worth my time. Do you make any of these apps? If not why does it bother you so much that I do not find anything useful in the app store. This is a phone, not a computer. I use it for making calls and txt messages and that is about it.

because saying you can't find anything useful on the marketplace is either unreal or just means you don't actually need anything... you say that all of the 100.000 apps on the marketpalce are actually worthless which is a pretty strong claim and that's why i'm interested... because it's either something really interesting or really stupid

to make phone calls and do texting you don't need a smartphone - i don't mean to question why you bought a WP but hey, then you made a bad statement... it's not that there's nothing worth downloading, it's just you don't need any apps cos you just do calls and txt

i don't do power laps with my car but don't think all racetracks are worthless...

jeeze will they stop rebranding stuff? i mean, changing "windows live photo gallery 2012" was a welcome change, but nothing wrong with metro or marketplace

McKay said,
When will the madness end?!?

Maybe when they finally get around to removing games from the applications results when you click New or Top under applications in the windows phone marketplace website.

As it stands right now, its near impossible to check for new apps on the windows phone because it gives results back for games as well! Its driving me bananas.

sagum said,

Maybe when they finally get around to removing games from the applications results when you click New or Top under applications in the windows phone marketplace website.

As it stands right now, its near impossible to check for new apps on the windows phone because it gives results back for games as well! Its driving me bananas.

This, a million times this. It makes absolutely no sense.