Microsoft revealed a web version of its Windows Phone Marketplace on Wednesday.
The web Marketplace will allow Windows Phone users to discover and purchase apps from the browser. Windows Phone users will be able to purchase applications and have them charged against the credit card already linked to their Windows Live ID. The applications will download over-the-air to Windows Phones via SMS or email. Microsoft also touted the merchandising opportunities for developers in a blog post on Wednesday, stating that apps will have even more placement areas.
The Web version of the Marketplace will launch alongside Windows Phone Mango later this year. “We continue to invest in Windows Phone Marketplace to make it more accessible and engaging,” said Microsoft’s Todd Brix. “We remain equally committed to ensuring a great developer experience based on fair and transparent policies, as well as steadily improving the shopping experience for customers.”
Microsoft unveiled its plans for the future of Windows Phone on Tuesday. The software giant detailed Windows Phone codename Mango at VIP events worldwide. Microsoft’s Windows Phone Mango update, due later this year, includes over 500 new features. For more information on Mango please see our detailed hands on, including video demos.