As Microsoft’s much anticipated Mango update approaches it has been announced that the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace will be available in a further 19 territories.The list of supported countries has been expanded with 19 new names added to the mix, taking the grand total to 35. If you are in any of the following countries, you can now download apps officially from the Marketplace:

  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Japan
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Sweden
  • Taiwan

These are the countries where you can download your apps from. However, if you are more of a developer and want to submit an app, then you too have a reason to celebrate as Microsoft has also expanded the list of countries from where they are now accepting app submissions. The new additions include Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Israel, South Africa and South Korea. In a couple of months, China and India will also be added to this list.

“Thank you for contributing more than 23,000 apps in just 8 short months and making Windows Phone one of the most vibrant and fastest growing mobile ecosystems in history” said Todd Brix in the blogspost.

The first Windows Phone 7 handsets are due to be released later this year and it looks like Nokia’s “Sea Ray” will be one of the first. Todd notes that Microsoft’s partnership with Nokia as well as the fact that the marketplace will be available in twice as many countries is attracting a fresh batch of developers.

Source:  windowsteamblog