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One of the most popular mobile gaming series in modern history has quickly become the Angry Birds series.
In the past, these popular games often skipped Windows Phone altogether and went straight to Android and iOS. It seems that Rovio is starting to recognize potential from Microsoft’s mobile endeavors.
First, Angry Birds Space FINALLY came to Windows Phone, about 7 months late to the game.
Angry Birds Star Wars has now launched for Windows 8, RT and Windows Phone 8. The game is going to be a massive success because it ties in Star Wars and a popular mobile game series, but that’s not the big take away here.
Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 got the app on the same day as iOS and Android this time around. This means they are getting first-day access to a big name app.
Not long ago, Rovio said that they refused to announce games for Windows Phone 7— so this is a nice change of pace.
When a big mobile gaming app maker like Rovio breaks tradition and reaches out to a platform it originally shunned, that means change is certainly in the air.
Many consumers seem leery to jump over to Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 due to the fact that these platforms have less apps.
Even more concerning is that many of the apps that are coming happen to be from smaller app makers, not the big boys.
More to Come With Windows 8 and Phone 8
Rovio’s change is a good indication that more is in store. Twitter has also announced it is working on an official app, yet another big name app. A trend is emerging here.
Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 are doing what Microsoft has been unable to do in the past— attract big name developers.
Sure, the flood gates aren’t open wide for big name developers just yet, but we are also talking about an operating system that is brand new. What do you think of the apps in Windows 8 and Windows Phone so far?
Any big name apps you feel are missing that are ‘deal-breakers’
The first security updates to the two-week old Windows 8 and RT are on there way.
Microsoft’s first security patches will roll out as part of November’s Patch Tuesday and will address a total of 19 vulnerabilities found in Windows, Internet Explorer and the .NET framework.
Part of what makes Windows great is that Microsoft has always been very quick about addressing software and even hardware issues with most of its products.
For example, Microsoft is already taking returns on possibly defective touch covers.
The fact that security patches are coming after only two weeks on market isn’t a BAD thing. Some naysayers might claim Microsoft should have had things so tight and ready to go that there would be nothing to patch for months— that’s just not realistic.
Sometimes you really can’t discover vulnerabilities until you have software out in large numbers in the wild. So what are these vulnerabilities rated as?
There are six updates in total (addressing 19 problems), out of these four are rated as critical.
When are the patches coming? Microsoft will release these updates on November 13th at 1PM Eastern Time.
Personally, I use Windows 8 on a daily basis and have found it fast, secure and more than a worthy successor to Windows 8. Are you rocking Windows 8 yet?