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Windows Phone Marketplace Opens to 13 New Countries

The Redmond-based software giant has big plans with the Windows Phone 7 marketplace, currently falling well behind similar services of other companies, like Google Play and the App Store. An important step towards future growth was taken today, when Microsoft opened the WP7 app store to 13 new countries.

A couple of weeks ago Microsoft announced the introduction to over 23 new countries inside the marketplace, to increase its current number of users by more than 60 per cent. Today, the first wave has surfaced, and amongst the lucky 13 are: Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Croatia, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine and Venezuela.

Microsoft increased the number of supported countries to 54 and UAE, Bahrain, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kazakhstan, Israel, Thailand and Vietnam are expected to follow shortly.

The company warns developers to take note of any local laws or strict policies that some of the above quoted countries could have, as well as programming applications. Also, the Marketplace regions may not be visible in the upcoming interval, as rollouts can take as long as 48 hours. A guide on how to change the marketplace from global to regional was also posted, on the official source (link below).

As for Microsoft and its upcoming plans to dominate mobile applications, signs show that the company is truly investing in a more aggressive approach towards attracting developers as well as users.

Source: WindowsSteamBlog