Microsoft will be expanding the availability of its Windows Marketplace to 23 new countries. This expansion plan for Windows Marketplace was announced by Microsoft during the ongoing Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The 23 new markets will expand the existing marketplace availability from 40 countries to 63.
Recently Windows Marketplace had been made available in Argentina, Indonesia, Malaysia, Peru and the Philippines. With the new update, the Windows Phone support will be coming to 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.
Referring to the imminent markets, Joe Belfiore from the Windows team writes:
“28 new consumer markets this year alone, for a total of 63 markets worldwide where your Windows Phone apps may be sold. In terms of actual potential app customers, the addition of new price points and customers in China and the other new markets represents a near 60% increase in the total addressable market for Windows Phone. I told you it was a big step!”
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