Windows Store Adds Many New Dev Markets

In addition to new markets, Microsoft gives MSDN developers free store accounts.

The Windows Store has gone much more global.

Microsoft announced that it's opened up the store for its Windows 8 and WinRT apps to developers in 120 markets, an increase of about 200 percent. It means that developers in 82 more app submission markets are able to sell (or give away) their Windows 8 apps.  

Microsoft calls this expansion "the last significant milestone in the rollout of the Windows Store before the general availability of Windows 8 on October 26."

In its effort to attract more developers to Windows 8, Microsoft is also giving away Windows Store developer accounts, good for a year. Eligible developers include those with an MSDN account.

Of course, developers in markets not yet added are making their voice heard. In the comments section of the market list, a number of Ukrainian developers have complained, as well as those from Mongolia, that they're feeling left out.

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Keith Ward is the editor in chief of Virtualization & Cloud Review. Follow him on Twitter @VirtReviewKeith.

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