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International Developers Angry Over Windows 8 App Store Restrictions

Microsoft has managed to invoke the anger of international developers as it previewed the upcoming Windows 8 App Store, to be launched with the new operating system.

Taking a page from Apple's book, the software giant unveiled the Windows 8 App Store, which like the Mac App Store, will allow developers to offer apps to Windows 8 users to purchase and download.

According to an article on Talking Points Memo, some developers in the international community are angry over Microsoft's decision to overlook developers in some countries.

Even though the company has said the Windows 8 App Store platform will offer apps from developers in 231 countries worldwide, it has restricted the initial app submission to 27 countries.

Microsoft, to encourage developers to make apps for Windows 8, announced the First Apps Contest, for which 8 apps will be features on the store during the first day of the launch.

The company has also limited the number of countries eligible to participate in the contest as well. Developers in the United States, India, France, Germany, India, Japan and the District of Columbia will be able to participate.