SOFTWARE FLOGGER Microsoft has announced plans to expand its Windows Store to 33 more markets, which it says will allow more developers to submit Windows 8 applications.
There are currently only five countries - France, Germany, India, Japan and the US - that can access the Windows Store Consumer Preview, but Microsoft's planned expansion will see this number grow to 38.
Countries included in the expansion include Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Columbia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.
"In the next significant preview release of the Windows Store service, we will significantly expand our global coverage. We will add 33 additional [applications] submission locales for developers, bringing our total to 38 supported markets for submitting Metro style [applications] for Windows 8. We will also expand the number of market-specific [applications] catalogs, from [five] to 26", Microsoft said in a blog post.
The Redmond-based company notes that it will add seven new languages with the next update, which means that developers will be able to submit applications in any of 109 different dialects. It also adds that from today it will stop accepting new application submissions for the current Consumer Preview, which will no doubt resume for developers in the next preview release. µ