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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