New Markets Open Up For Windows Phone 7 Developers

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.

  • Abgary

    Afghanistan is not Middle East, Its South Asia, and There are better more technology oriented countries in South Asia that have been omitted…

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  • Is it against some terms for just any current WP7 developer to publish apps for other developers? Or do I miss the point?

  • Hmm.. FAQ on Yalla Apps says “The Yalla Apps application submission service is available to all countries except the Launch Markets”. Why do you mention MEA countries only?

  • They have the MEA region only, so can only service the countries listed above. We will work with them to get clarity published via their FAQ.

  • Country list at the bottom is the Launch Countries – countries directly supported by Microsoft. I can’t see any reference to MEA or the country list you’ve mentioned in your post.

    So, I shouldn’t register with them if I live in Lithuania? There’s at least one guy from Czech Republic on Twitter who says he already registered with them. This should be clarified ASAP or there will be some pissed off people 🙂

    I’m having a WP7 development talk today and I’m going to mention Yalla Apps there, but I’m not sure in what capacity to do that right now.

  • HelpSoftware

    Ads driven apps are the only viable solution until Trial bug is fixed. Also when are you goingt o give us a date on availability of the Ads SDK to non US residents.
    This is overdue now, Microsoft is again too vague on dates and full of empty promises.

  • Now the real sweet deal would be if you could actually, you know, open the Marketplace so people in more regions (rest of Europe, for instance) could actually BUY from the Marketplace, too.

    Just saying. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    When can I purchase apps being from INDIA? This is quiet sad, I have quiet few Regional apps to develop, but I am not going to put efforts on it unless it is possible for people in INDIA to purchase INDIAn based applications.

  • Miro

    I am from Bulgaria and we are still not able to publish to the market. My simple solution was to ask a friend to register on my behalf, since he lives in a supported country. Lets say there is some Easter Europe publisher in the near future. Why should I start publishing through it ?

  • Some developer in Baltics

    When some other countries from Europe will be added, for example, Latvia, Estonia or Lithuania?

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