In the quest to the get Windows Phone into more hands around the globe, you do have to give Microsoft credit being able to expand as far as they can.
Yesterday, the Windows Phone team announced that they are expanding into 42 new markets starting next week, which is quite the feat.
Those markets are...
Angola, Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Congo (DRC), Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Liechtenstein, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Niger, Pakistan, Paraguay, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uganda, Yemen, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
At this point, we’re almost more curious about which countries/markets Microsoft doesn’t have the Windows Phone Store available in since they have seemingly covered the globe.
The other smaller notice to developers was that game rating are now required in Taiwan and Russia, with the former requiring Computer Software Rating Regulation (CSSR) cert and the latter the more familiar Pan European Game Information (PEGI). What that means for devs of course is if they want their games to appear in those markets, you’ll have some extra paperwork to fill out.
Overall, not a bad state of affairs and Microsoft has promised that this will one of but a few regular updates to the Windows Phone Store, which should hopefully stabilize things and make publishing those apps a little easier. We already heard from our developer Jay Bennett yesterday on the podcast that turnaround time is about 3-4 days with nearly instant publishing once the app is approved. So indeed, things are getting better.