In view of growing popularity and demand, Microsoft has rolled out a series of upgrades to its developmental portal – Windows Phone Dev Center and Windows Phone Store.
First up is the Windows Phone Store. The store has been expanded to 42 new markets, making total from 71 to 113. 42 new markets added are: Angola, Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Congo (DRC), Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Liechtenstein, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Niger, Pakistan, Paraguay, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uganda, Yemen, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Other noteworthy change includes the ability to add a Privacy URL.
The feature would allow Microsoft to add a link to your privacy notice thereby making things clear and furnishing important information related to your app in the Windows Phone Store for review by users before they plan to download your app.
In addition, Microsoft has decreased the keyword field length to 30 characters, and added new ratings requirements for games. For more details on game ratings, visit the MSDN blog.
In the second place, Microsoft has added as many as hundreds of improvements to the Windows Phone Dev Center. Besides, it has enabled developer registration in 13 more countries for streamlining the app certification process, the Windows Blogs report.
The company had announced earlier that as a part of its developmental portal redesign, it would increase the number of countries from where developers could easily submit apps. The developers from these countries however, will only be able to register an account and submit free apps to the Windows Phone Store.