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Microsoft adds Windows Phone 8 SD card app installs and additional web store locations

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HTC Windows Phone 8X
HTC Windows Phone 8X

Microsoft is unveiling some updates to Windows Phone 8 this week. After adding SD card support for Windows Phone 8 earlier this year, Redmond is taking things a step further to support app installations from microSD. Aligning itself with Android, Windows Phone 8 users will now be able to download Windows Phone 8 apps and transfer them to microSD card for manual install. This is particularly useful if you need to swap devices or simply want to keep a backup of the apps you use regularly. However, this feature doesn't let you install apps to the microSD card itself.

An installation and reinstallation feature of Windows Phone is also getting improvements this week. The web store for Windows Phone 8 is now available in 37 countries worldwide, including new markets in Paraguay, Cameroon, and Pakistan. The web store allows Windows Phone users to install apps from a browser. A reinstallation feature will also now list apps from the purchase history to make it easier to install paid and free apps on a new Windows Phone 8 device.