Windows Phone Store website adds new features and countries

While most Windows Phone owners purchase and download their apps directly from the storefront inside the OS, many users also purchase apps from the Windows Phone Store website. Today, Microsoft announced that the website is now available for access in 37 new international markets, bringing the total number of countries and territories that can use the website to 112.

In a post on the Windows Phone blog, Microsoft says there are also some new features that have been added to the website. One of them generates search results for apps and how-to articles in one place, rather than in separate searches. Also, the web store can now allow for Windows Phone apps to be installed on SD cards. This feature was previously added to the storefront inside Windows Phone. Microsoft says:

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.

Finally, the My Phone section of the website now allows users to reinstall previously purchased Windows Phone apps, for people who are upgrading their phone or if they lose one. Microsoft says, "As long as you use same Microsoft account, you’ll see a Reinstall option beside each of the apps in your purchase history—just click it to put the app back on your new phone."

Source: Windows Phone blog | Image via Microsoft

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A nice steady flow of updates to the store and also the backend services is just the thing they need. Toss in some more OS updates as well and the platform will do better.

i don't see it on web store at all. and reviews says no changes from wp7 marketplace. if so then there is no similar apps functionality, there is a list of popular in same category, when most of it obviously not anyhow similar.

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