Angry Birds Dev Ruffled by Microsoft

Contributing Writer

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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