Windows Marketplace Comes to 22 New Countries

Microsoft has launched Web Windows Marketplaces -- the web versions of online stores where Windows Phone users can buy apps and games -- in 22 new countries.

The new Marketplaces are available in Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Croatia, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine, Venezuela, UAE, Bahrain, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kazakhstan, Israel, Thailand and Vietnam.

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The web Marketplaces are an alternative to finding and installing an app on your phone. You can find detailed instructions on how they work here.

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Microsoft also announced it is working to improve the search on the Windows Marketplace by reviewing the keywords developers assign to their apps, and removing ones that aren't relevant.

The review process will take "at least several weeks," Microsoft says, but after it's done you can expect more relevant search results in the Marketplace -- especially for popular apps.

This story originally published on Mashable here.