Microsoft has released its first game on the iPad and the iPhone.
At long last, the temptation to develop games for a rival mobile platform was too much for Microsoft. Kinectimals is Microsoft's first game for Apple's iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch family. Sound the alarms, Windows Phone 7 might be having a heart attack!
The $3 Kinectimals on iOS is a port of the Windows Phone 7 app by the same name. The app allows players to bring their animal pets with them on the go — data saved from the Xbox 360 version into the cloud and downloaded into the app.
And just yesterday, updated its note-taking app OneNote for the iPad earlier this week.
Are all these iOS apps and now a game signs that Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 is doomed for all eternity? Nah.
The knee-jerk response would be that Microsoft is finally succumbing to Apple's iOS platform and that the Cupertino-based boys win, but think about it for a second. Brand-allegiance aside, Microsoft can pocket big money from iOS while it fleshes out what it wants Windows Phone 7 and Windows 8 to be. The money earned from iOS can be pumped right back into building competitive platforms.
Microsoft developing games or "app games" for iOS isn't admitting defeat, it's admitting that it can be flexible. And honestly, I'd love Xbox Live games on as many devices as I can get it on.
It's time interconnectivity becomes a reality. Kinectimals is a start.