Microsoft confirmed in a blog post that it is opening up app submissions for Windows 8 and totaling 82 markets.
The software giant also confirmed new offers to MSDN subscribers and students.
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As Window 8’s app store submissions open it signals how close we are to the launch of Windows 8
Windows 8 is just over a month away from general release and Microsoft announced in its latest blog post that the submissions for the app store over now open to over 80 countries. Microsoft wants developers backing Windows 8 from launch.
Eighty-two markets are now open to app submissions, and Microsoft said more regions will be supported. A full list of available markets is below on the blog. Earlier in the year Microsoft opened up app submissions to China among other regions.
Alongside the expanding markets Microsoft also announced MSDN subscribers will receive a free, one-year Windows Store developer account; users subscribed to Visual Studio Professional, Test Professional, Premium, Ultimate, and BizSpark will get the free year. DreamSpark is available to students to get a free subscription and businesses using BizSpark can also get a free year-long subscription. More details are available at the source link below.
Getting Developers Excited About Windows
It’s a big push by Microsoft to get developers on board. We’ve seen the ability to develop Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 apps simultaneously, so developers are effectively building one app for two platforms. It also held developer sessions to answer question and assist developers working with the new operating system. I think the key issues is whether developers embrace Modern UI, a feeling we can’t determine until Windows 8 launches.
In terms of the types of devices apps will support we’ve seen the safe, if uninspiring, from Lenovo with the ThinkPad and the HP Spectre One, a traditional desktop. I’ve spoken recently on how hybrid devices, products that can be used as a tablet and a laptop, are the ideal form factor for Windows 8 because it uses two versions of Windows. Between now and late October we may see Apple launch an iPad Mini, a seven-inch version of its popular tablet. With potential news about iOS 6 today, it’ll be interesting to see what new competition Microsoft faces.
Windows 8 launches October 26.