Microsoft will employ a developer from Indonesia to help develop a new suite of Store development features for developers working in developing countries.
The new developer will join the Microsoft Store development team that’s building the Store API, which is expected to be released in early 2018.
This will be the first time a developer has worked in a global team on Store development.
Microsoft said it was creating a global community of developers and publishers who would work on the Store APIs, which will provide developers with access to new and expanded data sources and capabilities to build powerful, intuitive shopping experiences across all their products.
The company also said it would be working with publishers to improve their own shopping experience and provide a better way to share product information with other users.
Microsoft has been working with partners to build the Store and has already announced plans to expand its presence in the Indian market, which it describes as a growing opportunity.
Indonesia, an area of the world with an estimated $50 billion in population, is a major market for Microsoft and is home to about 40 percent of its global sales.
The country is known for its robust and competitive retail sector, with an array of major retail chains, which has enabled Microsoft to grow its presence there.
In India, Microsoft has built a large base of expertise in building, operating, and managing retail stores and has worked closely with local and international retailers.
In March, the company announced that it had reached an agreement with the Indian government to open stores in India for the first-ever time.