Today I read some interesting news about the next upcoming pre-release of Windows 8. Microsoft is going to extend the ability to submitt apps to 33 new countries.
Those countries are: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Columbia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and United Kingdom.
Besides that, Microsoft will probably release another preview version to us as soon as Windows 8 is going to RTM (=Ready to Manufacturing) status. According to the verge, Microsoft will release another update in early June. Hopefully the Consumer Preview is able to be upgraded directly.
With the final release of Windows 8 Microsoft is targeting 200 markets with over 100 languages. Currently there are only 5 regions with a own catalogue, while all other countries have a “rest of the world” catalogue.