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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


  1. Maxi3w
    September 28, 2012 at 3:45 am

    Since messing around with Ubuntu and Mint, I have really loved the Software Centres so it sounds as W8 is going down this route as well and that gets me excited.

  2. Curtis C.
    September 14, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Sort of confusing when you are transiting from Windows 7 to Windows 8. You don't know where things are...

  3. anthonymonori
    September 13, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    The Danish store has like 10 apps, so it's about time that they open up to Windows Store.

  4. Miggs15
    September 13, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Everybody is much of a fan nowadays. Apple fan-boys annoy us everywhere. I am a GNU/Linux fan and would love to see free software thrive and gain popularity.

    But god help us! In a few years iPad dominance will perish and everybody will have a Windows tablet around. And developers will move too.

  5. Truefire_
    September 13, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Finally! It's almost too late with Windows 8 being released next month, and many already using it! There's two people using it already at my small, non-tech school of about 200 students!

  6. Omar Ali
    September 13, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Microsoft is getting better

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