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Angry Birds for Windows Phone 7? Don’t Count on It

Updated: Rovio Mobile, the Helsinki, Finland-based company behind the hit iPhone (s aapl) game, Angry Birds has no immediate plans to launch a Windows 7 version of the game anytime soon, the company tweeted  this morning. It seems Microsoft (s MSFT) has placed an icon of Angry Birds on their site without talking to the Finnish game maker.

“We have NOT committed to doing a Windows Phone 7 version. Microsoft put the Angry Birds icon on their site without our permission.”

Angry Birds has become one of the must-have games on all mobile platforms. It’s currently one of the best-selling apps on Apple’s iOS platform, and is also available for the Palm’s WebOS (s hpq) devices. A full version of the game will be available for Symbian devices, including the new Nokia N8 (s nok),powered by Symbian^3 OS. So far, Angry Birds Lite is available for Android and Symbian OS. A beta version of the game for  Google’s Android OS (s goog) has attracted over a million downloads.

Update: Looks like Powerybase, the company behind NotifyMe is also miffed with Microsoft for making a false claim.

There is no NotifyMe for Windows Phone 7. Microsoft used NotifyMe icon without our permission on their WP7 site

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9 Responses to “Angry Birds for Windows Phone 7? Don’t Count on It”

  1. Om,
    The amount of spare money Microsoft throws for marketing will make the phone a moderate success. There are enough geeks out there to live and die by windows phones. However, you will not see the mainstream customers buying it. Everyone from cab drivers to CEOs, buy Apple and Android phones. Microsoft is not there in their mind yet. May be they want to tell folks that its a great gaming platform. Nice try.

  2. I applaud their decision, we all know wp7 will be a flop. Let’s just be honest about it. Big micro puts up their logo to gain app credibility? Without any consent? In my book = douchebags….

    PS. I love Angry Birds on my iPhone! :)

  3. Henry Tsau

    Thinking a bit more about Angry Birds, it reminds me of what is wrong with Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7.

    Angry Birds is so immensely popular because it is a game that was conceived from the ground up to be played on a small device with a multitouch interface.

    Microsoft has been heavily promoting that Xbox games can be ported to Windows Phone 7 (relatively) easily. But those Xbox games were designed for larger screens and push-button interfaces where the primary goal is the user’s button-pushing speed.

    Importantly, the plots and strategy of games are designed for a particular screen size and interface type, and don’t work so well when ported to a different screen size and interface. So Xbox integration isn’t a major advantage to a phone, as the slower response time of a capacitive multitouch phone won’t please hardcore gamers, and the plots of those games weren’t conceived for multitouch.

    It seems to be an ongoing theme to Microsoft’s mobile missteps. Every misstep Microsoft makes has something to do with interface.

    For example, Windows Mobile’s problems were all about interface. Windows Mobile 6.5 bolted a multitouch front screen onto an OS with a stylus driven interface, which was always just underneath.

    Microsoft’s 2010 Tablet features the full Windows 7 desktop OS shoehorned into a slate form-factor. Windows 7 is ill-suited to multitouch, even though Microsoft added multitouch ability onto the device (as an afterthought).

    These interface mismatches are an ongoing theme to Microsoft’s woes.

    • Uh, Henry? Have you actually even read any of the information that has been widely available for weeks (or months, in some cases) concerning what Windows Phone 7 has been designed to do, how it integrates with XBOX, seen the interface, invested some time in what apps look like on the platform, or in any way otherwise tried to find out what WP7 is going to be capable of?

      I have to imagine that if Windows Phone 7 doesn’t fail as miserably as so many are apparently hoping for, then a Microsoft success will make a lot of these guys sound like complete d**chebags.

  4. Henry Tsau

    The only apps coming to Windows Phone 7 are made by hobbyists, or are major apps that Microsoft has paid the software vendor to port, and in most cases also given a written profit guarantee.

    Everyone has a price. Obviously in this case, Microsoft hasn’t offered the developers enough money that would turn them into Happy Birds.