Posted on August 22, 2011 5:10 pm by zandocomm
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Microsoft pursues webOS devs, offers free phones
Pitches Windows Phone 7 to developers deserted by HP
Computerworld – Taking advantage of Hewlett-Packard‘s departure from the tablet and smartphone market, Microsoft has offered webOS developers free phones, tools and training to create apps for its Windows Phone 7 platform.
Brandon Watson, Microsoft’s senior director of Windows Phone 7 development, made the offer on Twitter on Friday, and has been fielding queries ever since.
“To Any Published WebOS Devs: We’ll give you what you need to be successful on #WindowsPhone, incl. free phones, dev tools, and training, etc.,” Watson said a day after HP announced it was dropping webOS-based tablets and smartphones.
Before Friday was out, Watson said he had received more than 500 emails from interested developers, and later, that the count was closing in on 600.
Watson also fielded scores of Twitter messages, telling senders to shoot him an email and he would connect developers to a Windows Phone 7 “champion” who would help them out.
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