Windows Phone Market Place Coming to South Africa

Last week at the MIX 11 conference in Las Vegas there were some huge announcements around Windows Phone during the second Keynote of the event. The first one was about the new features of the next release of the operating system “Mango”. These features include:

  • Internet Explorer 9 coming to Windows Phone – with the same code base and features as the desktop with some minor differences specific to the phone (no Activex support for example). This brings HTML5 rendering engine to the phone. It includes hardware acceleration, although taking into account smaller GPU.
  • Multi-tasking and Live Agents: real time interactions via Live Tiles, Push Notifications, Deep Linking and Background Agents.
  • Live tile enhancements such as multiple Live tiles per app, deep linking, …
  • Silverlight 4
  • Sockets
  • Ringtone API
  • Raw camera feed access to applications
  • SQL CE: in-memory local SQL database for ease of data applications
  • Additions to developer tooling: new Location tooling, Accelerometer tooling, profiler and support for Silverlight and XNA in the same project
  • Marketplace: going from 16 to 35 countries with Marketplace for consumers, 30 to 35 countries for devevlopers selling apps
  • New languages support

The other huge piece of information that was announced was that South Africa is in the list of countries which will be getting Market Place!! I would like to thank every one for their feedback. It took a lot of pushing from team locally to get us on the list but its coming! The timeline is around the same time as the next version of the OS. This is around the northern hemisphere’s fall or our spring. You can see the keynotes from the event here:

Keynote 1: here
Keynote 2: here

I am very psyched about this news!


Comments (7)

  1. rudi grobler says:

    Congrats guys… can't wait!

    Rudi Grobler

  2. Michael Buck says:

    I am looking forward to this because right now I am working on getting myself a WP7. Just trying to work out which to get and how!

  3. Mark Pearl says:

    Yay.. about time!

  4. Greg says:

    Are we getting a half-assed Marketplace like iTunes App Store, which leaves out entire categories like games and has a watered down selection of the other apps, or is it the full marketplace, just available in here in South Africa?

  5. Jarrod says:

    When specifically is the marketplace going to be available in South Africa. Just got the Mozart and am annoyed that there's no marketplace.

  6. Jacques Mostert says:

    This is very good news indeed. Does this mean we will have app hub or will we still be going through YallaApps?

  7. Yalla Apps has breaking news guys!

    SA developers can now get a FREE WP7 Developer account !

    All you need to do is register for free with Yalla Apps by July 20.

    Simply go to <;  and create a free account. Once the marketplace is live for your region, you can create your App Hub account for free 🙂

    This is how it works:

    1. Register for free on Yalla Apps by July 20

    2. Wait until we send you an email late July to open your App Hub account

    3. Register to AppHub with the same email and name as your YallaApps account and get your AppHub subscription for free.(Microsoft will additionally verify your identity as usual)

    Do not miss this great opportunity guys – Sign up now and INSTANTLY start developing for WP7.

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