Microsoft announced the further expansion of its Windows Phone Store.
In a blog post, the company said that the headline updates include expansion of the Store to support 42 additional markets, and the addition of new ratings requirements for games available in Taiwan and Russia.
The company is advising developers who have not done so to return to the Dev Center to choose worldwide distribution of apps, in order to “maximise reach to these new markets and customers, in which a variety of new Windows Phones have or will soon be released”.
The store is now available in 113 territories worldwide.
Apps will be available to consumers in 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.
For developers working in Taiwan, games must be rated in line with the market’s Computer Software Rating Regulation as of 1 January 2013, while in Russia titles need to be related in line with the Pan European Game Information guidelines.
Other changes include the ability to add a privacy URL, to provide users with easy access to this information, and the ability to validate beta tester email addresses as part of the submission process.