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Microsoft falsely claims iPhone app maker backing WP7

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.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. jdsonice@gmail.com

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Oct 2009

    +12

    Steve - Get the Marshmallows ready - WP7 Crash & B

    MS must be pretty desperate about WP7. I guess Steve not getting his full bonus must have stung a lot.

  1. Fast iBook

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Mar 2003

    +3

    Lies...

    They should sue.

    - A

  1. Gazoobee

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Feb 2009

    +6

    reverse weathervane

    Seeing as no decent company would develop apps for WinPhone 7 for payola and instead only develop apps if the market exists, the big name apps that are present at the launch of the platform can indicate who the cheap lowlife players are on the iOS platform. I know if I saw my favourite developers there on the first day, I would take it as a strong indication that I should stop using that developers products. The odd one might be taking a long-shot bet on the success of the platform, but most of them will be there because they accepted the bribe.

  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008

    +3

    Well, the whole point of being a developer is

    to make money, so why should those developers be looked down upon if they take bribes (incentive bonuses). It'll either work out for them or it won't depending upon what the platform does. I doubt if many developers are making much money from developing for Android, so it's either develop for iOS or take a nice fat bribe from Microsoft. Microsoft has to do everything in its power to make WP7 a success or it may have to drop out of the mobile race completely or buy a set company such as RIM which would be a good backup. The smartphone biz isn't some penny ante game. Companies got a lot of money riding on smartphones. Even as good as RIM is, they're getting totally reamed by Wall Street.

  1. jdonahoe

    Junior Member

    Joined: Jul 2006

    +4

    MS is jumping the shark

    Isn't this a case of Microsoft jumping the shark, before the show has even started?

  1. nat

    Junior Member

    Joined: Mar 2002

    +2

    yankees

    this is like the yankees (and red sox) buying pennants - except on steroids (oh the irony).

    microsoft is pumping 500 million this year alone in advertising the phone. apple's entire 2010 ad budget is 517 million. this is no kin, this phone will never ever die. ever. even if it loses countless fortunes it will simply take it's place next to search and zune and xbox and...

    can't blame the developers, succeed or fail they've been paid.

  1. chefpastry

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Nov 2005

    +1

    re: Yankees

    I see no evidence of the Yankees or Red Sox losing money.

  1. chefpastry

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Nov 2005

    -2

    re: Lies...

    Who should sue whom???

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