Microsoft offers all WebOS devs support, free Windows Phones

Earlier this week HP announced the demise of WebOS, which shocked many around the world, as well as taking a major chunk out of their stock price. Microsoft is attempting to give developers of the platform some comfort by offering them free resources and training, as well as Windows Phone devices.

Brandon Watson, Windows Phone evangelist tweeted yesterday:

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.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

The response has been extremely positive, with Brandon receiving hundreds of replies within hours. Not only has it attracted users that developed for the platform, even staff from HP are jumping ship, asking to get onboard. A user by the name of "dandyhighwayman" on Twitter asked Brandon if the offer "include[s] the engineers who worked on WebOS?"

In addition to this, Watson also tweeted that the "outreach was going well" and that he had been contacted by a Palm developer relationship person who wanted a job, and he was looking forward to talking to him about it. He also said that within 8 hours he had received over 200 emails from WebOS related users and employees.

It appears Microsoft is attempting to gain as many developers as they can, even if it means using unconventional methods. Windows Phone 7 "Mango" is about to be released to the public, after it went RTM a few weeks ago, and more applications for the platform can only mean good things.

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WP7 is the key to survive and retain job right now. I personally like WP7 more than iOS. I use my WP7 phone and feel it more solid and very smooth in any action while iOS I can feel the lag.

Ricky65 said,
This is all well and good but as an existing WP7 developer, where's my free phone?

Contact microsoft and say that you are a WebOS developer (don't forget to shed some tears), lie down and wait for your free phone to arrive.

I'm happy for WebOS devs, microsoft has taken away a lot of "where i'm gonna work" headaches and sleepless nights from them.

Oh so MS loves abandoning their own customers but are quick to flock to offer bait for other companies' abandoned customers.

xpclient said,
Oh so MS loves abandoning their own customers but are quick to flock to offer bait for other companies' abandoned customers.

you maybe right to a point, but this is actually helping their current window phone customers in the long run. Sometimes you need to choose your battles.

xpclient said,
Oh so MS loves abandoning their own customers but are quick to flock to offer bait for other companies' abandoned customers.

Who did they abandon? WM6.x devs? Nothing stopping them from making WP7 apps unless they want to stick to C++ only. Personally I'd rather have managed apps than some native app that can screw up something as important as my phone whenever it feels like it.

GP007 said,

Who did they abandon? WM6.x devs? Nothing stopping them from making WP7 apps unless they want to stick to C++ only. Personally I'd rather have managed apps than some native app that can screw up something as important as my phone whenever it feels like it.

And are they offering free WP7 phones to WM6.5 developers?

xpclient said,

And are they offering free WP7 phones to WM6.5 developers?

Microsoft has offered free phones to all sorts of developers at different times. I don't see why they wouldn't offer one to a WM6.5 dev if they contacted them.

alexalex said,
Microsoft, like vultures, are first to webOS's carcass.

Better vultures (which eat already dead things) than parasites, like Apple, who leech off of their own developers.

PlogCF said,
Better vultures (which eat already dead things) than parasites, like Apple, who leech off of their own developers.

Meh same tired old anti-MS nonsense.. If it would have been Google or Apple it would have been "huzzah for innovation", but since it's MS, well it's obviously a bad thing. If one of these trolls would post something that actually had a hint of original thought behind it I'd probably have a heart attack from the shock, but seeing as that's all they ever post I think that's unlikely.

Max Norris said,

Meh same tired old anti-MS nonsense.. If it would have been Google or Apple it would have been "huzzah for innovation", but since it's MS, well it's obviously a bad thing. If one of these trolls would post something that actually had a hint of original thought behind it I'd probably have a heart attack from the shock, but seeing as that's all they ever post I think that's unlikely.

LMAO! +1

Despite me actually liking WP7, this does kinda show that they're a bit desperate to get more apps and devs onto WP7... Though I hope it does succeed and more (decent) apps are made!

Well, of course they are. The development community around Windows Phone 7 is much smaller than that of IOS and Android. By doing this, they will hopefully increase the number and quality of the Apps and hopefully the users will follow.

No matter which camp you prefer, having three even players in the field can be a good thing because of the increased competition.

n_K said,
Despite me actually liking WP7, this does kinda show that they're a bit desperate to get more apps and devs onto WP7

Despite not having a very high opinion of MS business practices over the years, I think this is a very good one that will bring new brains in and also just make people smile...

n_K said,
Despite me actually liking WP7, this does kinda show that they're a bit desperate to get more apps and devs onto WP7... Though I hope it does succeed and more (decent) apps are made!

Microsoft has a long history of making available free versions of their development tools and even training. Nothing new there. They have always been developer centric. It's the cause for much of their success...

M_Lyons10 said,

Microsoft has a long history of making available free versions of their development tools and even training. Nothing new there. They have always been developer centric. It's the cause for much of their success...

It's like Ballmer said: DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS!!

PlogCF said,

It's like Ballmer said: DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS!!


LOL! Yep...

Gotta admit that this is a brilliant move by Microsoft and can only mean good things for them in their battle against Android and iOS. But, at what cost? Free training and free phones? Must be hitting their pocket a little.

Zoom7000 said,
Gotta admit that this is a brilliant move by Microsoft and can only mean good things for them in their battle against Android and iOS. But, at what cost? Free training and free phones? Must be hitting their pocket a little.

What pocket?

Zoom7000 said,
Gotta admit that this is a brilliant move by Microsoft and can only mean good things for them in their battle against Android and iOS. But, at what cost? Free training and free phones? Must be hitting their pocket a little.

mo money mo problems

Zoom7000 said,
Gotta admit that this is a brilliant move by Microsoft and can only mean good things for them in their battle against Android and iOS. But, at what cost? Free training and free phones? Must be hitting their pocket a little.

It takes money to make money...

COKid said,
Smart move. Really smart move.

Indeed. Even if HP doesn't drop webOS as they're now suggesting, the uncertainty has already done enough damage. Developers will flee the platform.