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Angry Birds Dev Ruffled by Microsoft

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Microsoft mistakenly added the Angry Birds app icon on the Windows Phone website.

Over the weekend Microsoft ruffled the feathers of Angry Birds developer Rovio Mobile after posting the icon for its popular physics-based puzzle game on the Windows Phone website, hinting that Angry Birds was flying to the Windows Phone 7 platform. The logo no longer appears on the website, however not before Rovio tweeted a seemingly annoyed response.

"We have NOT committed to doing a Windows Phone 7 version," the developer said on Twitter. "Microsoft put the Angry Birds icon on their site without our permission." Rovio followed up with an additional comment thanks to one follower's sarcasm (over the lack of WP7 support), saying that their response had "nothing to do with if we do or don't, it's just that we decide that for ourselves."

Monday an official Microsoft spokesperson followed up and said that the unauthorized logo placement was a mistake. "It appears information was mistakenly posted to Microsoft's website, and has been removed," the rep said. "We have nothing new to share, but stay tuned for announcements from Microsoft and its partners on Monday."

Rovio also followed up on Monday, saying that it wasn't actually "angry" over the logo usage. "We didn't get mad, just wanted to set the record straight," the company said on Twitter. "And we haven't said we wouldn't do WP7."

Angry Birds is currently available on Apple's App Store, Nokia's Ovi Store, and the App Catalog for webOS. Angry Birds Lite Beta is also available on the Android Market, however the “demo” weighs a hefty 11.44 MB. Rovio also has plans to release ports for the PC, Sony's PlayStation Portable (Q4 2010), the Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS.

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    chickenhoagie , October 11, 2010 5:32 PM
    i love angry birds..great for all mobile platforms, but for consoles and PC's? i think thats overkill. they should branch to windows 7 phones though :) 
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    g00fysmiley , October 11, 2010 5:32 PM
    I like angry birds, its a fun game, play it on my pre, i'd be surprised if the dev wouldn't want thier programs on WP7 as it'd likely lead to more sales... but i can see how m$ using thier game icon in advertising would annoy them
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    toallthehaters , October 11, 2010 5:34 PM
    So this is all smoke and mirrors. Right, I understand now Microsoft. What else isn't exactly as it appears?
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    sliem , October 11, 2010 5:59 PM
    It's free advertisement for Angry Birds. Why so angry?
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    borisof007 , October 11, 2010 6:00 PM
    The full version of angry birds needs to hit android already! I've 3 starred all of the 15 lite levels already.
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    Tedders , October 11, 2010 6:41 PM
    borisof007

    I heard it was supposed to be released this week some time. I can't wait. Had it on my iPhone and now I want it back since switching to Android.
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    hoof_hearted , October 11, 2010 7:08 PM
    Rovio should have just been quiet, let it stay for a while, and see just how demand there would have been.
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    proletarian , October 11, 2010 7:13 PM
    played it.
    finished it.
    meh.
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    Anonymous , October 11, 2010 7:18 PM
    I don't know where the author got the information on the size of the beta version. I have it installed on my Droid I and it only consumes 1.64 mb which is still on the high side but as mentioned it is a beta. Have it on my Palm and on droid, rocks on both platforms.
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    scrumworks , October 11, 2010 7:18 PM
    sliemIt's free advertisement for Angry Birds. Why so angry?


    Its their intellectual property. I'm sure MS wouldn't want their logo be shown in some weird context without asking permission.
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    Tedders , October 11, 2010 7:21 PM
    vinny1371

    On my Captivate it comes in at 11.44mb.
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    lukeiamyourfather , October 11, 2010 7:29 PM
    Angry what? Never heard of it. They should be thankful they just got free advertising when I went to their website to find out what Angry Birds is.
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    jossrik , October 11, 2010 7:30 PM
    It's even more advertising making M$ take it down from their site. Now lots of people will hear about it, then they come out with another release saying everything is cool, and they sound like all right people on top of everything else.
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    bv90andy , October 11, 2010 7:34 PM
    Quote:
    We didn't get mad,
    then don't use CAPITAL letters in your tweets. Because the voice in my head screams when I read them ;) .
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    warezme , October 11, 2010 8:29 PM
    WTH is angry birds? and why are they so angry?
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    SRRAE , October 11, 2010 10:47 PM
    Crush the castle any one?
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    AndrewMD , October 11, 2010 11:03 PM
    Angry Birds just got deleted from my iPhone.. Too bad for them....
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    jojesa , October 11, 2010 11:31 PM
    warezmeWTH is angry birds? and why are they so angry?

    Watch the video here or visit their site.
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    alextheblue , October 11, 2010 11:35 PM
    bv90andythen don't use CAPITAL letters in your tweets. Because the voice in my head screams when I read them .
    Exactly. Their post did sound like they were PO'd for some reason. But it may just be a ploy to get attention, as others have said.
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    bpislife , October 12, 2010 12:29 AM
    Best game ever!!
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