updated 03:40 pm EDT, Sun October 10, 2010
Microsoft falsely says Rovio supporting WP7
Microsoft briefly got into trouble today by showing Angry Birds as an app on its Windows Phone 7 tips page. Rovio, the developer, told fans that the icon was not only posted without its permission but didn't reflect its actual plans. The app writer has "NOT committed to a Windows Phone 7 version" in any way, it said.
The company later admitted that it "mistakenly posted" the content and took it down, but promised that its Windows Phone 7 event on October 11 would say more about its app plans. Pulse Newsreader, Tap Tap Revenge 3 and a handful of other titles that also got their break first on the iPhone were on show in the screen cap.
Microsoft is expected to launch Windows Phone Marketplace with about 2,000 apps and has been in a race to get as many recognizable titles as possible. It went so far as to pay incentives and guarantees to established developers to convince them to port existing apps or write new ones for WP7. Some titles take advantage of Windows Phone 7 specific features like Bing maps, but many such as Foursquare and Seesmic are primarily ports. Rovio so far has been dedicated almost exclusively to iOS and only recently posted its first Android app, a port of Angry Birds.