Last week we heard Microsoft reveal its plans for the next version of the Windows Phone OS version 8. The Redmond company also announced that the Windows Phone 8, which the company has scheduled to launch later this year, will be initially available in 180 countries, which is more than three times the original number of markets that is currently served. The names of these countries were, however, not revealed until today.
The full list of all the countries has now been published in a company blog post. Apart from the complete list of countries, the post also reads that re information is revealed in the post, “including the list of new markets and new money-making opportunities that Windows Phone 8 makes possible.”
The developers can now submit apps for the Windows Phone platform via App Hub and the list also includes those countries which will get these app submission portals. The post goes on to say that, new money making methods have been included into the new marketplace. Developers will now be able to earn profits both from advertising as well as in-app purchases.
“Windows Phone 8 brings in-app purchase capability, providing an important new way to profit from your apps. In addition to what you earn from advertising or app sales, you can also now sell virtual goods and services within the app.
As I’m sure you know, this is an opportunity that’s really only limited by your creativity. In-app purchasing not only provides a supplemental revenue stream but helps extend the shelf life of the app—because you can keep adding new items to keep your customers interested.
App Hub will provide tools for managing in-app commerce. You can specify what you want to sell, choose prices and countries to make it available, and use App Hub reporting tools to generate detailed sales reports.”
Windows Phone 8 will also give additional support to app developers “who specialize in building and licensing these line-of-business apps“ through “Company Hub”
Here is the complete list of countries: