You heard that right, folks. The must-have app for every smartphone platform, Angry Birds, is finally available for Windows Phone 7.
Not only is it available, but it hit the Windows Phone Marketplace “a few hours ahead of schedule,” according to the Windows Phone Blog.
“Ahead of schedule” being a relative term, of course.
When Microsoft fired up the marketing machine for its new Windows Phone platform last fall, the Angry Birds logo was prominently featured alongside the first batch of apps on the Windows Phone splash page. Rovio, the company behind Angry Birds, took to Twitter, saying that they hadn’t committed to making the game for Windows Phone 7 and that, “Microsoft put the Angry Birds icon on their site without our permission.”
That was back on October 10th, 2010. The game first appeared on the iPhone back in December of 2009. Today is June 29th, 2011.
So the game hit the Windows Phone Marketplace “ahead of schedule” in that it went up a few hours before it was scheduled to become available today.
All that stuff aside, I think the Windows Phone platform has a lot of promise and the more high-profile apps like Angry Birds that get added, the more likely that Windows Phone 7 devices will find their way into the hands of consumers. Now we just need Scrabble, too.
Angry Birds is available in the Windows Phone Marketplace for $3—there’s a free trial available as well.