Microsoft ruffles the feathers of Angry Birds

Microsoft just recently announced that there would be 2000 apps ready for WP7 upon launch. In all of this hype for the unveiling event tomorrow, the company threw some popular game titles on their website that would be featured on the device. One of these games was "Angry Birds" but the creator, Rovio Mobile stated that they are not committed to creating the popular game for Windows Phone 7.

The icon, which was spotted by WMPoweruser drew attention to which Rovio replied in a tweet"Microsoft put the Angry Birds icon on their site without our permission."  Microsoft responded to the tweet saying that the site was not supposed to be live, and that the Angry Birds icon was in the mix by mistake. Despite this "mistake," the icon remains on the bottom of the Windows Phone 7 Tips and Tricks page, although since this writing it has been removed and then added back in.

Rovio Mobile say they have not committed to doing a Windows Phone 7 version, but mention that they could do one. They are going to wait and see if the platform gains enough support to justify porting the application. Angry Birds is coming to Android this week, and it is already available on the iPhone and iPod Touch. Plans for a Windows Phone 7 version still remain to be seen.

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Yeah but have you never created something (like a website) and placed a temporary picture somewhere that you'll replace later but never get round to replacing?

Maybe this just happened here. Simple. Innocent.

Instead, there is always some sort of witch hunt about it. Give it up, move on

I think Rovio was way off base. I don't think MSFT had any bad intent with the icon. It was just an ad. Its just representation. As far as I am concern, I don't want the POS game on my WP7 anyway. I did get it for iPhone just to try. It is a cool time waster. I haven't had much time to waste. I have far more fun with the 'We' games from Nymoco.

The game is cool for kids. But I don't see parents buying kids a Windows Phone. So thus we don't need the game.

What a way to blow it all out of proportion Rovio.

Way to blow it all out of proportion yourself. I'm sure all of the Angry Birds sales so far come from kids with iPhones.

Rovio have just said that Microsoft's use of the logo was unauthorised and, as of yet, they have no plans for a WP7 version. This seems like a perfectly normal response. I don't see why Microsoft had to use that image anyway. It seems pretty stupid if they have 2000 apps on launch and they "feature" an app that's not yet developed for their platform.

To be fair, the article needs to be corrected so that readers don't confuse the news writer's opinion with that of Rovio. I can't find where Rovio have said that they're so annoyed by Microsoft that they won't do a WP7 Angry Birds.

This developer has created a one trick pony and probably could have cashed in big time by creating it for WP7 launch but instead is being a douche about it and from what ive seen of WP7 games were better off without this princess.

Osiris said,
This developer has created a one trick pony and probably could have cashed in big time by creating it for WP7 launch but instead is being a douche about it and from what ive seen of WP7 games were better off without this princess.

Agreed.

It's funny because they're actually working on this for WP7, just Microsoft jumped the gun. Angry Birds wanted to announce first.

Owen Williams said,
It's funny because they're actually working on this for WP7, just Microsoft jumped the gun. Angry Birds wanted to announce first.

How you know?

Owen Williams said,
It's funny because they're actually working on this for WP7, just Microsoft jumped the gun. Angry Birds wanted to announce first.

Source? They said just yesterday that they weren't committed to doing a WP7 version (my source: their Twitter page).

RichardK said,
NO ONE CARES!

Actually, the paid version has been downloaded over 7 million times for iOS now.

This put its popularity in the realm of Starcraft II (3 million by August) and other popular games.

Trueblue711 said,
Wouldn't they like the free advertising and publicity Microsoft is giving them?
Sounds like they have a bad attitude.

Are you kidding? This is Rovio who gives it's publicity to Microsoft's new and unknown platform, not vice versa. Well, might give :-)

They only want to create a buzz :-) Well done I think

I would like to see games like: Bomberman, Sonic, Age of Empires, Plants vs Zombies, Golden Axe, Prince of Persia (the XBLA version of course, but the original version is not bad at all), Alien Hominid, Another World, Diner Dash, something like Monkey Island or Sam & Max... Most of them are available for the XBOX so I think there's a possibility to see them on WP7

I would hope that site isn't live. Good heavens, "Less want it. More got it."?? "Less time out. More game on."?? Who comes up with this crap?

You'd think the devs would be happy about the mistake. If they do release the game, they already have tons of hype.

ahhell said,
You'd think the devs would be happy about the mistake. If they do release the game, they already have tons of hype.

The devs just wanted to create noise probably.

They'll wait to see if it's popular? Do they realise that having apps ported will help make the platform more popular.

Oh well.

Could be that Angry Birds may be coming to WP7, but should not have been announced early, and so this annoyed them, as I would imagine Microsoft have access to the Logos submitted with apps to the marketplace to make that image...

Yea I think Microsoft did it by accident it happens all the time, I guess they were trying to use appealing apps for there upcoming advertisements but I would not worry so much.

Xypro said,
Yea I think Microsoft did it by accident it happens all the time, I guess they were trying to use appealing apps for there upcoming advertisements but I would not worry so much.

you mean living off iphone app success?? bad move.

Singh400 said,
Bit of a non-story IMO, mistakes happen all the time.

I wonder how the mistake happened though, given that it hasn't even been submitted for WP7. Where are Microsoft getting their icons, exactly?

Werid how you dont get why this is even news if like most people you dont own a smartphone lol never even heard of it much.

Sylar2010 said,
Werid how you dont get why this is even news if like most people you dont own a smartphone lol never even heard of it much.

I don't own a smartphone and ever heard of Angry Birds. I've been waiting a very long time for MS to launch WP7 and am very much ready to make my purchase. Angry Birds, I could care less!

COKid said,

So, that means you DO care some, since it is possible, by your own words, for you to care less than you do now.

He cared enough to read and respond so I'm going to guess he could in fact care less.

COKid said,

So, that means you DO care some, since it is possible, by your own words, for you to care less than you do now.

I think the term you want is "couldn't care less".

Watch and learn, bro.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...amp;feature=player_embedded

You've definitely called me out so let me make myself absolutely clear...My interest is purely for Windows Phone 7. As such any topic about it I'm sure to read, however, Angry Birds does not interest me at all!