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

Published on August 19, 2011
by Ina Fried

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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