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Windows Phone Marketplace Launches In 22 Countries

Microsoft announced on Wednesday that 22 more countries can purchase their Windows Phone apps and games on the web.

The new marketplaces are in Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Croatia, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine, Venezuela, UAE, Bahrain, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kazakhstan, Israel, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Microsoft also announced that it has begun to review "the keywords that developers assign to their apps and removing ones that aren’t relevant", said Mazhar Mohammed in the Windows Phone blog.

Earlier this week, Microsoft released another blog post saying it will tighten app requirements for Windows Phone developers. This includes a crack down on 'racy apps' and strict guidelines on what is entertaining and what may be offensive.

Last month it was revealed that Microsoft is continuing to offer funding to developers willing to create apps for its platform. Developers can be offered anything from free phones to prime advertising spots in the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Microsoft is also planning a developers conference at the end June to select developers for its mobile platform. The conference will take place on the 20th and 21st of June this year.