Microsoft has revamped its Windows Phone Store, and Windows.com to feature some cool new exciting stuff. Highlighting the features, Microsoft said that Windows.com is the primary destination for all things Windows -- and the refresh was planned for Windows 8 and Windows RT.
"With over 250 million unique visitors per month, it's one of the most trafficked sites on the Internet," micosoft stated.
The "reimagined" Windows.com for Windows 8 and Windows RT offer following cool features:
New look and feel, expressing the Windows brand --it's immersive, touch-friendly, and easy to navigate.
One-stop shop if you're looking to buy a new PC, whether you want a tablet, convertible, desktop, or all-in-one--along with helpful 360° views and guidance that helps you decide which one is perfect for you
Engaging how-to videos that get you started fast--"Our videos are designed to give you a glimpse into different aspects of Windows 8 and Windows RT."
A fun, new, desktop themes page where you can preview themes before you download them
No-frills support that helps you solve problems quickly. "Our Support section is designed to get out of the way and let you find answers quickly. We constantly update the support pages to reflect the most common questions customers are asking in feedback, on forums, and to our phone support team," Microsoft stated.
Introducing new Windows Phone Store, Microsoft says that the the arrival of Windows Phone 8 brings with it some great new upgrades to the Windows Phone Store, "now available in 50 languages, 191 countries or regions around the world, and stocks 120,000 apps and games."
Here's a rundown of the highlights:
Collections feature, available on the web Store and on Windows Phone 8 handsets --consists of six or more apps organized around a theme and handpicked by a "team of experts" at Microsoft. Last week, the company launched more 450 Collections across 19 markets, and paln to roll out more around the world in the coming weeks.
Personalized Recommendations (Picks For You) as its called powered by Bing, "shows personalized app recommendations based on things like what you've downloaded in the past, what your Facebook friends downloaded, and what apps are typically get downloaded together. The list also surfaces popular regional apps," Microsoft stated.
You'll also see some new or renamed lists in the web Store including Best rated and New+Rising, which now considers not only when an app was published but how quickly it's being snapped up.
To access the improved search and smarter lists, a few Windows Phone 7.5 customers might need to run an app called Refresh Marketplace, "which will automatically show up on your phone. If you see it, just launch it and Marketplace will be seamlessly reconfigured," microsoft addd.
Another new feature "My Family" lets you decide when or if your kids can purchase apps and which game ratings to abide by. Microsoft also announced the new Kids Corner during the Windows Phone 8 launch, which consists of a kid's own play area on a parents Windows Phone, which has selected apps, games, videos, and music.
And, the new Wallet feature adds a new way in Windows Phone 8 to securely pay for apps and games. "Wallet, which can be secured with a PIN, keeps credit cards and other payment options in one place and easily accessible during the Store checkout process. Payment options available in Wallet vary by market and can include credit cards, PayPal, or other options depending on where you live," Micosoft explains.
"You can also use Wallet to pay for in-app purchases--virtual merchandise and content sold within Windows Phone 8 apps."