Microsoft announces nearly two dozen new online stores for Windows Phone apps and games went live around the world this afternoon.
The new web Marketplaces are available in,
"Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Croatia, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine, Venezuela, UAE, Bahrain, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kazakhstan, Israel, Thailand, and Vietnam," posted Mazhar Mohammed on Windows Phone blog.
Also, if you ever faced problems finding apps in the Marketplace when you search by keyword or name, Microsoft, this week started reviewing the keywords that developers assign to their apps and removing ones that aren't relevant to address the isse.
"It will take us at least several weeks to complete our review, but our expectation is that you should start seeing more relevant search results when it's done, particularly for popular apps," Mahmood adds.
Finally, if you've not read earlier, Microsoft will soon begin requiring Windows Phone 7.5 to buy, download, or update apps from Marketplace.
You'll find a handy checklist and instructions for updating your phone on Update central, our comprehensive how-to and troubleshooting resource.
In case you haven't tried it yet, browsing and buying apps on the web Marketplace is an easy and convenient alternative to your phone. If you're new to Windows Phone, here's a quick tutorial on how it works.
In other, Windows Phone news, Microsoft to achieve its elusive goal "write once, run everywhere" of mobile web development -- asking the developers feedback for IE9 on Windows Phone 7.5.
The company already shared a codebase with IE9 for the PC. "We achieved identical support for new web standards and pushed the envelope on real-world performance with industry-leading hardware acceleration," Microsoft said.
Windows Phone 7 Mango beats iPhone iOS5 beta in HTML5 speed test: -- In the video, Microsoft demonstrated the superiority of the IE9 engine in Windows Phone 7, showing much faster performance in their HTML5 speed test compared to the iPhone running the latest iOS 5 beta 3.