Microsoft Brings Windows Phone Marketplace to Thirteen Nations

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Microsoft has been on a roll when it comes to expanding access to its Windows Phone Marketplace to users in more and more countries. Earlier this year, we saw a handful added to the list, and just a week or two ago we got word from Microsoft that it was planning to add twenty-three more by the end of the month. Well, it hasn’t quite hit that mark yet, but today the company announced the Marketplace is becoming accessible to another thirteen nations.

The countries making the cut today are Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Croatia, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine, and Venezuela. These are among those twenty-three Microsoft already mentioned, and while things aren’t ready quite yet, the company is confident that it will be able to start selling apps in UAE, Bahrain, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kazakhstan, Israel, Thailand, and Vietnam in the future; for the moment, Microsoft isn’t commenting on just when that could be, which makes us think it might miss its own release estimate.

Microsoft notes that users will be able to access the new Marketplaces from their phones within the next few days, and we’ll see all the new web versions ready sometime next week.

Source: Microsoft

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen’s first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he’s convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he’s not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits

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