Microsoft has announced that Marketplace will be opening up 23 new countries within a month, and will be accepting submissions within the next 2 weeks.
The new countries include 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, raising the total number of supported countries to 63 and resulting in a 60% increase in addressable users.
Developers wishing to take advantage of the new bounty need to bear in mind that some new marketsâ€” Bahrain, China, Indonesia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAEâ€”are subject to additional certification requirements due to local laws or norms.
Microsoft warns that the certification delay has increased from a few days to a full week or more at present, due to the volume of app submissions, and that this could increase even more, and suggest if developers want to get in a new Marketplace early, they should submit their apps earlier rather than later.
Read more detail at Microsoft here.