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Microsoft Pledges Free Phones and More to webOS Devs Who Switch to Windows Phone

Wasting no time, Microsoft’s Windows Phone team is making a standing offer to those writing code for HP’s webOS: Develop for us instead.

In a message on Twitter, Microsoft developer evangelism team head Brandon Watson pledged all manner of support to any programmers who make the switch.

“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 in a tweet late on Friday, a day after Hewlett-Packard announced its plans to discontinue developing webOS-based hardware, such as the Pre phone and TouchPad tablet.

HP has said it is exploring options for webOS as a software platform and has indicated being open to all options, but it is not clear how many viable options it has.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus