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Windows Phone AppHub accepting submissions for 23 new markets soon

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The Windows Phone team is set to enable AppHub access for developers to 23 more countries, which were announced late last month by Joe Belfiore, in the next two weeks. Where will we be seeing this new support? 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.

Todd Brix states that after this batch of countries is rolled out, the total number of supported countries will be bumped to 63 - an impressive amount of targetable markets for platform developers. Do note, however, that there may be some issues with some of the newly added markets, as Brix explains (and Carbon found out):

"Keep in mind that some new markets— Bahrain, China, Indonesia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE—are subject to additional certification requirements due to local laws or norms. Check Section 3.10 of our content policy for more details."

As a final note, it's warned that app submissions are taking up to seven days to certify due to volumes, and this delay may well increase. Something for developers to be aware of when submitting apps with a published date in mind.

Source: Windows Phone Developer Blog

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Windows Phone AppHub accepting submissions for 23 new markets soon

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It is good. Just can't figure out how Egypt is delayed although it holds more developers than other countries in the region like Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Israel

Nice.
Finally Ukraine will be one of normal countries.
It was one of the reasons why I switched from iPhone to Windows Phone: there was no Appstore in Ukraine, and I had to go to the Web and look for zip codes and addresses in Russia or in US in order to create an account.
Looking for Ukrainian Marketplace launch!

Something that is lost in all of this: "As a final note, it's warned that app submissions are taking up to seven days to certify due to volumes, and this delay may well increase"
Adding more countries is fine and dandy, but Microsoft needs to staff the application certification team appropriately. Waiting 7 days for certification is ridiculous. I know on the App Hub this is a message that they are ramping up staff and it is needed yesterday.

 
Finally, some middle eastern countries (Saudi Arabia ;) ). NOW MS can we get a native Arabic keyboard? cause this has taken you a stupid amount of time for an already supporting Arabic reading device