Microsoft announced the opening of 37 web Stores for apps and games around the world, which now includes several African countries.
The stores will enable African users of Windows Phone devices to buy, download and access a large number of apps and games. The African countries 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.
Highlighting the new features of the web Store Mohammed says, “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 also 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.”