Microsoft announced several updates to the Windows Phone Dev Center and Windows Phone Store this past Friday. The Windows Phone Store expanded to 42 new markets, which is now bringing the total to 113. There are also several new updates and improvements to the ability for developers to add a privacy URL for apps.
The 42 new markets coming next week for the Windows Phone Store include: Angola, Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Congo (DRC), Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Liechtenstein, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Niger, Pakistan, Paraguay, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uganda, Yemen, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Microsoft is urging app developers to choose worldwide distribution for their app in the Dev Center. This will maximize reach to new markets and customers.
Microsoft also added the ability to validate beta tester e-mail addresses as part of the submission process. The company also decreased the keyword field length to 30 characters and added new ratings requirements for games made available to users in Taiwan and Russia.