Rovio Working on Angry Birds for Windows Phone 7

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Windows Phone 7 has certainly gotten its share of publicity lately, considering the deal Microsoft made with Nokia. But now let's get to the really important news: The best-selling, time-wasting, addictive game Angry Birds will finally be coming to Windows Phone 7.

Pocket-lint reports that Rovio is working on a version of the game for Windows Phone 7, but gave no release date. As to why there's been such a delay in the game being released for Windows Phone 7, Rovio's Peter Vesterbacka strongly implied the delay was on Microsoft's end, saying, "Let's just say, Microsoft has a lot of lawyers."

No details were released about pricing. The game cost 99 cents for the iPhone, and is free and ad-supported on Android.

Pocket-lint also says that there's been bad blood between Rovia and Microsoft in the past:

Rovio Mobile and Microsoft have not always been the most amicable of business partners, mostly because the US giant unlawfully used the Angry Birds logo to launch Windows Phone 7 without Rovio's consent, before the two companies had decided on terms of the deal.

Angry Birds was recently awarded "Best Mobile App" and "App of the Year on the Apple Platform" from the Mobile World Congress.

Certainly, a single game being released on Windows Phone 7 makes little difference by itself. But one of Windows Phone 7's biggest shortcomings is the lack of apps, and having such a high-profile game available can only help, and possibly spur other developers to release apps for Windows Phone 7 as well.

This story, "Rovio Working on Angry Birds for Windows Phone 7" was originally published by Computerworld.

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