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The official release of Windows 8 is getting closer and closer, and there are still not many apps waiting for users in the Windows Store. With little time to spare, Microsoft has opened its gates to app submissions from 120 countries, letting any developer or company in those countries submit an app to the Windows Store.

Up until now, less than 40 markets were allowed in submit apps, and only chosen developers and enterprises from those markets at that. These barriers have now been removed, and whether you’re from Angola, Greece, Luxembourg or Sweden, you can now submit your work to be featured in the Windows 8 app store. You can find a full list of all 120 countries here.

With the launch of Windows 8 scheduled for October 26th, Microsoft is going to want a full Marketplace for its old and new users. In a post announcing the news, Microsoft calls it “an especially great day to be a developer” and says it’s  “very excited to announce the last significant milestone in the rollout of the Windows Store before the general availability of Windows 8”.

All ready to start? Begin by signing up on the Windows Store Dashboard. You’ll need to register for a developer account, which costs around $50. Microsoft provides the dev tools for free, and you can also download the SDK to start developing your app. So, developers, are you planning to submit your app to the Windows Store?

Source: MSDN Blogs

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