Windows Phone Store opens in 13 new markets

With Microsoft and its various hardware partners getting ready to launch Windows Phone 8 in just a few weeks, the company also wants to make sure that app developers get as much exposure to their creations as possible. Today, the company revealed that app makers now have some more places they can sell their Windows Phone 8 apps.

In a post on the official Windows Phone blog, Microsoft said that app developers can now submit their creations to 13 more countries and territories: : Afghanistan, Albania, Andorra, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Mongolia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Timor-Leste. This brings the total number of countries where Windows Phone apps can be sold to 191.

Microsoft also said they have made a new update to the Windows Phone Dev Center. The blog states, "In this round we’re making another 100 or so fixes and improvements. Most are designed to further streamline the app certification process, address app update workflow issues, and improve site performance overall." The blog added that it will take a few days before the Dev Center improvements made their way to everywhere that Windows Phone apps are sold.

Source: Windows Phone blog | Image via Microsoft

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So Windows Phone apps can now be purchased in 191 of about 196 recognized countries.

I say 'about 196' countries because that number is somewhat disputed