Windows Phone Marketplace for apps and games is now officially opening for business in 5 new markets around the world including: "Argentina, Indonesia, Malaysia, Peru, and the Philippines."
If you're a developer and want to make sure your app lands in one of these new stores, "just log into App Hub and select them from the list--or choose "worldwide" if you want your app to appear in all 41 of the markets Marketplace is now available in. (You'll need to do this even if you've previously opted to make your app available globally.)," informed Todd Brix.
Adding, he said "just a reminder that apps submitted to the Marketplaces for Indonesia, Malaysia and China (which is accepting apps but not yet open to consumers) will be subject to additional requirements due to local laws, regulations, or norms." And, if your app "fails certification because of these additional requirements, you'll need to update and resubmit it, or uncheck the submission boxes for those markets," Brix added.
Here is how to submit apps to Marketplace:
- Log into App Hub with your developer credentials and navigate to your my apps list, then select a specific app to get to the My App page
- On the My App page, navigate to the lifecycle tab, then select Edit catalog details
- On the pricing page, select Worldwide Distribution, noting that your app will be cross-submitted into all new markets. You can unselect any markets that you would prefer not to distribute your app in. Double-check your market selections then select Save and Quit. That's it.
For more details, see the Application Certification Requirements.
In other Windows Phone news, the company announced that "it offered up 20 free Windows Phones to people who shared their story about their frustrations with their Android phone, and why a Windows Phone would be a welcome upgrade."
"This week the internet was buzzing about how upwards of 5 million Android users have phones infected with annoying adware. to that end, on Monday, Microsoft's Ben Rudolph on Twitter announced that he had 20 smartphones to give to those who had been affected by issues with the operating system. The response was tremendous, with over 1,000 people sending tweets to complain of various problems they had with their Androids," Microsoft's Rudolph noted in a blog post.
And out of those, here are our 20 winners.