Today, we posted a new article up at the Windows Phone Developer Blog about how developers are having great results using the Trial API and Microsoft Mobile Ad control. The most astonishing piece of data for me what that more than half of the Trial API apps convert to a sale within one day, and most of those within 2 hours of the download.
While the stories of existing devs having great success is music to my ears, what’s really exciting for me is the expansion of the geographies which can support developers. We have just announced our Global Publishing Program, which allows us to extend the ability to be a published Windows Phone 7 developer to countries where we do not yet have Marketplace.
Publishers will sign up to support an entire region, allowing developers to submit applications to Marketplace through the publisher. We have launched with our first partner, Yalla Apps, a new publisher supporting the Middle East and Africa region. So what new countries can we support? Here’s the list:
Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Bahrain, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Cyprus, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, French Polynesia, Gabon, Gambia, The, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, New Caledonia, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestinian Authority, Qatar, Reunion, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Israel & Egypt were our top 5 countries in terms of tools downloads from that list, representing multiple tens of thousands of developers. Now each and every one of them can start publishing their amazing apps and games for Windows Phone. This also means that the 3 developers in Somalia, 2 in Equatorial Guinea and Swaziland, and the 1 developer in Central African Republic, who have downloaded our tools, well, we now have a solution for you. In fact, if you are one of the 8 developers in one of those countries, reach out to me – I’d love to hear your story.
More country support is coming. We are listening to each and every one of you and working like mad to ensure that every developer who wants to build for Windows Phone 7 can. Every developer matters.