The following countries on the continent will be the first to have the stores in their countries: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Congo (DRC), Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
The localised stores will allow users of Windows Phone based smartphones to download and buy the various apps and games that will be available.
Mazhar Mohammed of Microsoft said: “Shopping for apps on WindowsPhone.com has gotten a lot easier recently, with more accurate search results, new categories, and the addition of Collections, our handpicked guides to the Store’s best apps and games.”
Mohammed added: “The web Store also now has support for installing apps via SD card, which many Windows Phone 8 models support. This option can be useful when a cellular or Wi-Fi data connection isn’t available. Just look for the “Download and install manually” link on the app’s details page. Click to download the app’s installation—or.xap—file, which can then be copied over to the phone’s SD card and installed.”