Windows Phone Web Marketplace web portal is now available in the United States, Germany, and Australia.
The web Marketplace is an extension of the Zune Desktop application and Windows Phone 7 Marketplace, and is designed to compete with existing web solutions from Apple’s App Store and Google’s Android Market.
Going to the Marketplace, you can browser, search and try out any of the 30,000+ apps that are available, however if you try to buy an app or use the trial, an error will come back–meaning that Microsoft is still loading up this thing as we speak.
“There will be more placements for featured apps that will bring more noticeability and reach, ensuring developers receive more potential conversions while their app is in the spotlight. Users who browse the web version will be able to share apps and games via social media and email to contacts and friends.”
“Bing visual search will be re-configured too. Any end-user searching for apps and games will now be linked straight to the web Marketplace on their PC, ready to download and install. Your Live ID will be integrated so you wont have to activate a separate payment gateway in order to make a purchase. Simply click and go using card details on your account,” reports WPCentral.
The web Marketplace, also allows sharing of applications via added social buttons for services such as Facebook and Twitter.
Links to Bing are also expected to be updated, allowing web searches to be directly linked to Marketplace applications.
You can visit the web Marketplace here.