Today marks the official debut of Windows Phone 7, Microsoft’s three-years-too-late response to the smartphone revolution headed by Apple with the release of the original iPhone. By most accounts, WIndows Phone 7’s software is far more advanced than its predecessor, Windows Mobile 6.5, and might even be pretty good… but it’s going to take more than a decent smartphone operating system these days to compete with iOS and Android: namely, a sizable, content-rich App Store with some showcase software for users to download out of the gate.
Early rumors tip the Windows Phone Marketplace to launch with a respectable 2,000 apps… but if news hitting the feeds this morning is anything to go by, those numbers might very well be inflated dishonestly. Microsoft has been prominently advertising several apps as being available on the Windows Phone Marketplace when it launches, including Rovio Mobile’s hit game, Angry Birds. The only problem? Rovio hasn’t even decided on doing a port yet.
The news comes by way of Rovio Mobile’s Twitter account, which posted the following status update after the company’s attention was drawn to an icon for the popular mobile game being prominently displayed on a remote corner of the Windows Phone 7 website.
“We have NOT committed to doing a Windows Phone 7 version,” it said. “Microsoft put the Angry Birds icon on their site without our permission.”
Not that Rovio Mobile has anything against bringing Angry Birds to Windows Phone 7 if it makes sense: they just haven’t committed to anything yet.
On Microsoft’s part, they are chalking it all up to an innocent mistake, but let’s be honest: it doesn’t say much for the quality of the 2000 apps set to launch on the Windows Phone Marketplace if one of the eight they’ve chosen to highlight isn’t even confirmed for the platform.