Official Microsoft Store app for Windows Phone now allows online shopping
Looks like all Microsoft needs is a little time, as they’ve finally added the ability to go shopping in their Microsoft Store app. Yes, the app was bumped to version 2.0 today and with it brings a new redesign and the ability to purchase items.
The mobile version of Microsoft’s growing Store presence now has Tiles for difference sections, including Windows 8, Surface, Computers, Xbox & Kinect, Office 2010, Accessories, PC Games and Software. Unfortunately, Windows Phone is limited to just accessories, which is most likely due to the contract-nature of smartphone purchases here in the US.
The app still has the Store locator, for those of you who live near one, which includes store hours, phone number and upcoming classes. There’s also a built in Twitter news stream from the MS Store Twitter account.
The app isn’t too bad though some of it, including the cart for actual purchasing, are just shortcuts to the mobile web version. That means purchases go through a secure web browser rather than the app itself. By implication, that also means this is not a Windows Phone 8 app (as we noticed on our HTC 8X, which still had a black bar at top). Had this been updated for Windows Phone 8, presumably we could have used our Wallet for purchases, but alas, we’ll have to wait.
You can pick up the official Microsoft Store version 2.0 app here in the marketplace. Thanks, kevin2577, for the tip!