We’re less than 24 hours away from the launch of Windows Phone 7 and we already have a minor controversy. It seems Microsoft has been advertising that they’ll be carrying the uber-popular Angry Birds game on their platform. (Available on iOS and Android currently).
The only problem is that not only isn’t Angry Birds not available for Microsoft Phone 7, the developers aren’t even working on it. Actually they hadn’t even planned on working on it according to an ….errrrm… Tweet from the developers:
Interestingly, we’ve been getting word from some App Store developers that Microsoft is aggressively hounding them to build their apps for the Windows Phone 7 platform, even offering cash incentives ($99) in the case below (Thanks Jesse!):
Exclusive, limited Time Offer from Microsoft to Help You Develop Application on the Windows Phone 7 Platform
Dear Beacon Hill Apps,
Beacon Hill Apps mobile applications have been identified as some of the key applications Microsoft would like to offer on the Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. The Windows Phone 7 Marketplace is the official site for developers to market their mobile applications to a broad range of Windows Phone 7 users. The Marketplace provides end users with an easy way, to discover, purchase and download mobile applications, games and other content with confidence and payment convenience.
Microsoft is offering an exclusive and limited time opportunity for you to join, publish and distribute your applications on Windows Phone 7 Marketplace while receiving several benefits. The benefits for registering on the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace by December 31st, 2010 during this offer include:
· Rebate of US$99 dollars on the application registration* (after having at least one compatible application included on the marketplace by December 31, 2010)
· Application name reservation on the Marketplace
· Technical & application submission support
· Local events to assist with your development efforts
· One free copy of Windows 7
To apply for this offer please email me back with your contact information or call me at the number below to help you complete the marketplace registration and reserve your application names. See additional helpful resources below.
Should you have any questions about this email feel free to call me or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. N(3) is a third party vendor hired by Microsoft to assist and make mobile application developers aware of an exclusive offer.
*Price in US dollars. Please note that the fee is charged in local currency so there may be a chance in cost due to exchange rates. Amount of refund will equal amount paid during registration. The US$99 dollars allows you to register as many applications on the marketplace as desired.