While Microsoft is pumping a lot of money into Windows 8 app development, not all are accessible to Canadians.

It seems many app developers, when selecting the region or their apps, pick the United States instead of the rest of the world…or even North America.

So if you’re in Canada, great magazine apps like Zinio are ruled out. But there is a trick to beat the system that Microsoft hasn’t figured out.

All you need to do is change your region from Canada to the United States.

Here’s how:

  1. Swipe in from the right side and select the search button
  2. Select ‘Settings’ right underneath the search box
  3. Type in ‘location’ and then hit enter to search
  4. Select ‘Change location’ from the search results
  5. Select United States from the drop-down menu and then hit OK

And you’re done!

Note: You might need to close and re-start the Store app before the changes are reflected.