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Microsoft giving away WP7 handsets, training for free to woo webOS developers

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Microsoft giving away WP7 handsets, training for free to woo webOS developers
The quick demise of HP’s webOS hardware business might have shocked many, but Microsoft has been quick to react to the new realities by offering free Windows Phone 7 handsets and training to published webOS devs.

"To any published webOS [developers]," Microsoft’s Brandon Watson said on Twitter as HP took the industry by surprise on Friday. "We'll give you what you need to be successful on Windows Phone, including free phones, dev tools, and training, etc."

Microsoft giving away WP7 handsets, training for free to woo webOS developers
Over the weekend, plenty of responses seem to have come in from disappointed webOS programmers and Watson later reassured that everyone will get a personal response via Twitter. The Windows Phone platform itself hasn’t exactly flourished with its market share going from “very small to very small,” according to Redmond’s own Steve Ballmer, but it’s the Mango overhaul which is expected to really show whether the platform can indeed become the third horse in the current dual-horse race between iOS and Android.

source: Twitter via ZDNet UK

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posted on 22 Aug 2011, 05:04 3

1. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Seems like MS is trying to get more developers. Smart move, Samsung did almost the same when Nokia announced they'd stop with symbian. They sent emails to devlopers urging them to start developing for bada.

posted on 22 Aug 2011, 05:16

2. shafboy (Posts: 179; Member since: 26 Sep 2010)


Yeah, but seeing as Windows Phone makes more income for developers than Android this should be a decent opportunity for them.

posted on 22 Aug 2011, 09:25

3. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


I'm not sure of WP7 devlopers earn more money. There is so little WP7 on the market.

posted on 22 Aug 2011, 10:54

4. snowgator (Posts: 3294; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Peter, Peter, Peter..... what are we going to do with you? You just can't help yourself can you? Nearly every Microsoft post you come on, and just when we think you are going to behave, you pull the hair of the girl sitting in front of you in class. Your first post is balanced and unbiased. But you had to get the "small market" slam in there, didn't you?

With Nokia onboard, the entire Europe market will be getting a new W7 device every few months starting in about October. That is a host of new markets for W7. The Asian Market will be open to them like it has never been before. The sales numbers which showed Bada ahead of W7 were before the CDMA carriers in the U.S. (Sprint, Verizon) had their W7 phones. Now, there are rumors of each of those getting a couple of Mango phones on top of all the GSM devices that AT&T and T-Mobile will get. What developers wouldn't want that much access to sales markets?

By the way, that sales chart didn't include the old but still available Windows Mobile devices. That would have put Microsoft sales above Bada. But that is not a slam on Bada- it has grown slow and sure since it's development.

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 12:30

6. Ericasmith476 (Posts: 9; Member since: 12 Jul 2011)


With a range of 30,000 apps in Windows Marketplace, Microsoft needs all the labour it can get to expand its app business further
radiomobiletech./blogposts/microsoft-recruits-webos-developer

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