Taipei, Aug. 16 (CNA) Microsoft Taiwan Corp. said Thursday it has opened its Windows Store to applications in the runup to the launch of Windows 8, the company's latest operating system.
The company said apps that pass its review will have the opportunity to be used by users in 231 markets worldwide when Windows 8 becomes available Oct. 26.
The approved apps can be downloaded on desktop computers, laptops and tablet computers, the company added.
Microsoft Taiwan's decison is aimed at allowing app developers, especially those from Taiwan, to expand their operations and profits by cooperating with larger hardware companies, the company said, adding the review process will run through Sept. 30.
The online store boasts a "brand-new digital business model" under which consumers can directly order goods on apps without linking to outside webpages, the company added.
Moreover, the new feature will allow app developers to use the banking systems they are familiar with, which will save time and costs for the establishment of new mechanisms.
The Windows 8 system will be launched Sept. 4, but regular consumers will have to wait until Oct. 26 to purchase the new operating system.
(By Stacey Wu and Kendra Lin)