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Microsoft Announces Windows Phone 7 Marketplace Web Edition

Software giant Microsoft announced a web based version of its Windows Phone 7 Marketplace, which will be released along with the Mango update.

Microsoft said in a blog post that the web based version of the app store will provide the same catalogue of the apps that is available in the application version.

Customers will also be able to view screenshots, read details of the applications and user reviews, similar to the mobile version of the platform. Microsoft also said that the web based version will also come with support for multiple languages.

“This offers customers another way to more thoroughly and confidently browse your apps from the comfort of their PC’s web browser. With the Web version of Marketplace, we will also have more placement areas in which to provide featured apps with extra visibility and merchandising possibilities,” Microsoft said to its Windows Phone developers.

Users will be able to download the applications over the air or can choose to have them downloaded at a later time.

Microsoft also said that customers will be able to share their favourite apps with their friends and family member by providing the link in email or sharing it on Facebook and Twitter.