In a Windows Phone developer blog post Windows Phone executive Todd Brix has announced that the company will be expanding its global presence with a full list of countries where app downloads will now be available for the launch of Windows Phone 8.
Based on information revealed last week, from the current 63 markets served, that amount will almost triple to serve a total of 180 countries.
Brix writes that:
“Consumers will be able to browse and download apps in more than 180 countries at launch—roughly three times the 63 markets served today. Developers, meanwhile, will be able to submit apps to those same markets via App Hub, up from 38 markets.”
The blog goes onto provide a list of both the current markets as well as all the additional countries that have now been added. The list includes a number of African, South American and Middle Eastern countries. However, it is stated that any number of the countries listed could change between now and the official launch of the Windows Phone 8.
In the post Microsoft also mentions that:
“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.”
Last week, Microsoft announced the names of the first Windows Phone 8 partners.
You can view the entire list of countries below: