Developers can now publish their apps to China and 5 other markets; have additional requirements

A new post on the Windows Phone Developer blog states that app hub is now accepting apps into 6 different markets: Argentina, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Peru and the Philippines. They also note that the Marketplace is not natively available in those markets yet, but they want developers to cross post their apps beforehand so that people in those countries see lots of apps when the marketplace launches.

Todd Brix, who wrote the blog post, also noted that some markets have additional requirements. At the time of this post, the link was broken, but I assume he was talking about this post on the app hub forums. It states that no app targeting China, Malaysia and Indonesia may have “offensive” content. Offensive content is defined by:

  • People in revealing clothing or in sexually suggestive poses
  • Religious references
  • Alcohol references
  • Sexual or bathroom humor
  • Simulated or actual gambling

Call to action: developers can cross submit their apps to these new markets today by following these steps:

  1. Log in to App Hub.
  2. Click on the name of your app.
  3. Click on Edit catalog details
  4. Click Next at the bottom of the page
  5. Next to Worldwide distribution, click select all. (Note that Brazil and South Korea still require certification for games, so deselect those two countries unless you have the required certification).
  6. Submit

This will require a re-certification from Microsoft.