Windows Phone Store Gets Universal Search, Install From SD, And Comes To New Nations

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Microsoft’s been hard at work on sprucing up the Windows Phone Store’s web presence lately, and took to its blog today to share the news of some of its progress.

Arguably the most interesting new feature is the ability to install apps via a microSD card. Now that Windows Phone 8 is here, Microsoft has no qualms about you swapping cards in and out of your phone as much as you please, and if you can’t manage to get your phone online wirelessly for one reason or another, this may be your best bet for installing new apps. You’ll see new links in app listings for these manual installs, which let you save the app’s XAP file to a microSD card for later installation.

Beyond that, Microsoft has opened the Windows Phone Store for use in 37 new markets from around the globe, bringing WP apps to users in Angola, Armenia, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Congo (DRC), Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Liechtenstein, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Niger, Pakistan, Paraguay, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Yemen, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Finally, Microsoft’s implemented a universal search function for the Store, giving you access to both apps and Windows Phone how-to articles from the same search interface.

Source: Microsoft
Via: phoneArena

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