MANILA, Philippines – More than 34,000 local and global applications are now available to Filipinos with the launch of Microsoft’s Windows Phone Marketplace, which is similar to the iTunes App Store and the Android market.
The Philippine launch of the Marketplace coincides with the unveiling of Nokia’s new Lumia smartphones, which run on the Windows Phone platform.
The service has also been made available in 27 other consumer markets.
“Microsoft constantly strives to bring the best experience to its customers, and by making the Windows Phone Marketplace available to Filipinos, we are enabling access to a wide range of apps for local consumers,” Jerry Bongco, operator channels head of Microsoft Philippines, said in a statement.
“We are happy about the recent expansion of the Windows Phone Marketplace to include the Philippines. With the recent release of the Nokia Lumia devices, Filipinos will be able to choose and purchase a smartphone that is right for them, and load them with useful and fun apps at a very affordable cost,” added Rhomel Marcojos, ecosystem and developer experience manager of Nokia Philippines.
Some of the apps available in Marketplace include the universally popular Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Foursquare and Microsoft’s SkyDrive.
There are also local apps such as ABS-CBN News and MMDA.
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