Angry Birds Coming to Windows Phone 7

Microsoft is having a press event in San Francisco right now, and among the Gears of War 3 beta talk and announcement of a new map pack for Halo: Reach, the company confirmed teat Angry Birds is heading to Windows Phone 7.

It’s a bit of a no-brainer, but there it is. Microsoft is working hard to become a reasonable third contender in the smartphone race, but right now lags way behind Google’s Android operating system and Apple’s iOS. Last I heard, Windows Phone 7 commanded a single-digit percentage of market share. Microsoft’s OS only moved on 3.1 million phones last year, compared to about 33 million Android phones and 19 million iPhones.

So Microsoft is looking to shore up its competition. It recently inked a deal with Nokia to provide Windows Phone 7 as the company’s primary smartphone operating system, and Microsoft really wants to push the gaming angle with connectivity to Xbox Live, providing achievements for all Windows Phone 7 games.

During the San Francisco event today, it also mentioned the Fable III-connected Fable Coin Golf will be available on Windows Phone 7 in March.

Also on the docket are Plants vs. Zombies, Hydro Thunder Go, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I,  geoDefense and Doodle Jump, all coming this spring. Also coming to the mobile space are more games and apps that connect to existing Xbox Live games in ilomilo, Halo Waypoint and Full House Poker; indie games Enigmo, Ghostscape, Harbor Master, Hasta la Muerte, Jet Car Stunts and Tentacles; and third-party games Deer Hunter 3D and Super Monkey Ball.

Source: Major Nelson.

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