Microsoft has decided to extend its Windows Marketplace to 13 new countries. This will be a welcome piece of news to fans of Windows Phone worldwide as they will get access to a number of apps and games right from their localized virtual storefronts.
The countries to take advantage of this facility are Venezuela, Turkey, Slovakia, Estonia, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Ukraine, Latvia, Croatia, Lithuania, Romania, Iceland, and Costa Rica. After Argentina, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Peru, and Philippines, which received support for Windows Phone Marketplace in the beginning of this year, the Windows Phone apps store is now officially accessible to Windows Phone users in not less than 54 countries.
“We’re excited about all the new Marketplace locations, but there’s one recent addition worth special mention: China. Maybe you saw the news today about the Nokia Lumia phones coming to China Telecom. In less than three months, we’ve added 20,000 apps and 15,000 registered developers to our new China Marketplace,” commented Mazhar Mohammed on the official Windows Phone blog.
Unconfirmed reports indicate that countries that will receive localized Windows Phone Marketplace support in the next phase includes United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kazakhstan, Israel, Thailand, and Vietnam.