Windows Phone Marketplace now open for submissions in more countries

Windows Phone devices are expanding their availability to more and more places around the world. This week, the company announced that Windows Phone app developers can begin to submit their software to the Windows Phone Marketplace in 23 more countries.

Microsoft previously announced the new countries in a older blog post but just to recap, the new additions are Bahrain, Bulgaria, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Estonia, Iceland, Iraq, Israel, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine, Venezuela and Vietnam.

These new countries, along with five others that Microsoft added in February, means that Windows Phone users will be able to purchase and download localized apps from a total of 63 different countries.

Microsoft's blog post announcement also gives a heads-up to app developers. Due to the increase in the number of apps being submitted to the Windows Phone Marketplace, it is now taking at least seven days to certify and publish a Windows Phone app after it is uploaded to the developer App Hub. Also, some of the new countries on the Windows Phone Marketplace list will have some additional requirements of their own before an app is certified to be sold on their local system.

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Got excited with all the hype about Windows phone's... Bought HTC Radar, Though the platform has potential (love the fonts and how they are placed), the apps are so so less, the YouTube app is a bookmark, the FaceBook app is developed by MS, most of the apps I got were made by MS, it seems MS is the only 'developer' in Windows Market. Very very disappointed with Bing Maps (NO Google Maps!!!). MS should just go ahead and open the market for all, they need alot of people to join-in.

Razorfolds said,
Google maps exists, do a search for it in the marketplace

And there's 70k+ apps, 99% of which aren't from MS


You mean the Google Maps NOT by Google? If not can you please provide me a link?

so.... Where is Egypt?!?! seriously?! O.o they add all of these Arab countries and they leave out the one with the most software developers in the middle east O.o

TheJudge said,
so.... Where is Egypt?!?! seriously?! O.o they add all of these Arab countries and they leave out the one with the most software developers in the middle east O.o

You do realize its not just Microsoft's decision right?

They have to co-ordinate with local banks / payment processors, government regulations, taxes etc. So they're probably in talks or something as we speak.

It's not just as simple as oh look we'll just open the marketplace here in Egypt.

Razorfolds said,

You do realize its not just Microsoft's decision right?

They have to co-ordinate with local banks / payment processors, government regulations, taxes etc. So they're probably in talks or something as we speak.

It's not just as simple as oh look we'll just open the marketplace here in Egypt.

I do realize that it's not a simple task, but i expected a greater effort for a huge market like Egypt, the majority here are using smart-phones or are most likely to switch to one in the near future .. the sooner they try to penetrate the Egyptian market the better for them, specially that Nokia's reputation here isn't really suffering like in the US. So they don't really need to re-convince the consumers that their products are worth it.

GreenOwner said,
So where's Lebanon and Palestine? They think zionist Israel is more important...

Nice job in bringing politics here. You happy?

GreenOwner said,
So where's Lebanon and Palestine? They think zionist Israel is more important...

Well it is certainly more stable. I bet that they don't have a bunch of idiots bringing politics into IT-related sites and articles.