Microsoft Windows Store opening its doors to new markets

app on Windows StoreAs of yesterday, Microsoft’s Windows Store opened its app store for Windows 8 and Windows RT to all developers in 120 markets across the globe.

According to post in the Windows Store for Developers blog, of these 120 markets, 82 of them are new.

Microsoft from their part will reward developers by giving them a one-year Windows Store developer account, as a benefit for their support to Microsoft.

As of August of this year, there were about 450 WinRT-based apps in the Windows Store.

Directions on Microsoft analyst Wes Miller said that 1,033 apps are already available in the Windows Store internationally.

Most of these apps that are now available in the Windows app store are games and consumer-focused applications. The latter is due to the fact that Microsoft is placing importance in their Windows 8 operating system to consumers more than businesses.

The company has been trying to recruit developers in many ways. They have conducted workshops, bootcamps and proof-of-concept development programs these past months.

Microsoft is even planning to hold their second Build developer conference this October to help developers and guide them on how to write apps for Windows 8.

Windows RT and Windows 8 will be launched this October.

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Windows 8 devices to be unveiled prior to OS release?

According to ZDNet, the devices that will run on Microsoft’s much anticipated Windows 8 OS are going to be introduced to the public even before the OS is set to be available in public.

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ZDNet says that a set of sponsored events will usher these devices prior to the October 26 launch of the Windows 8 OS.

Microsoft has already confirmed October 26 as the date of launch for their latest entry to the operating system foray.

The report also added that three days after the official launch of the new OS, Microsoft’s own Windows Phone 8 will be launched in the US.

According to the article, devices that will carry the OS will be made available in stores a few weeks after its launch.

But devices that are running on Windows 8 OS have already been previewed to the public during the IFA conference currently being staged in Berlin.

Among these are Samsung’s Ativ S smartphone and the Ativ Tab. The former is a Windows 8 smartphone while the latter runs on Windows RT.

At any rate, Microsoft has made a bold move in upping up the hype behind their OS. The question is, can the Windows 8 OS deliver?

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