Shortly after Microsoft announced its deal with Finnish phone manufacturer Nokia, the company can finally add to its portfolio one of the mobile market's hottest properties: Angry Birds.

In an interview with Pocket Lint, Rovio's Peter Vesterbacka said that his company is working on getting the popular mobile game to appear on the Windows Phone 7 mobile platform. Vesterbacka cited legal concerns as one of the reasons for the delay in the move. 

Relations between Rovio and Microsoft have been dicey. In the advertising campaign leading up to the launch of Windows Phone 7, Rovio rebuked Microsoft for using the Angry Birds logo in advertising. At that time Rovio had not announced any plans to port its prized franchise to the Windows Phone 7 platform.

We have NOT committed to doing a Windows Phone 7 version. Microsoft put the Angry Birds icon on their site without our permission, read an Oct. 10 update posted to the company's Twitter page.

Microsoft later released a statement explaining its usage of the logo, which it said was an aspiration for future titles, not an official announcement. 

A version of the game for Google's Andriod platform was announced on Oct. 15.

Vesterbacka also revealed to Pocket Lint that a 3D version of Angry Bird was also in production, though he did not specify which on which platforms the title would appear or when it would be released. 

The announcements come as Rovio is expanding its Angry Birds franchise. A version of the title for Nintendo's upcoming 3DS console was announced earlier this month. 

 

 

 

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