More than 500 WebOS developers are planning to develop apps for Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform it has been revealed.
Hewlett Packard recently announced that the company will be discontinuing WebOS based tablets and smartphones, leaving WebOS developers in limbo.
Microsoft’s Brandon Watson, sensing an opportunity, tweeted that WebOS developers looking to jump ship for Windows Phone 7 will be getting free phones, tools and help from Microsoft if they do so.
Predictably, Watson received an overwhelming response from the developers, informing in a follow-up post that he received more than 500 emails from WebOS developers interested in working on Windows Phone 7.
"First things first. Thank you so much for reaching out to the Windows Phone team to signal your interest in bringing your talents to our platform,” Watson said.
"To be honest, we didn't expect this level of response, so we were caught a bit flatfooted. It took a few days (on the weekend) to pull all the mails together into one place to allow me to respond in a smart way and not retype every mail by hand,” he continued.
Microsoft already has more than 25,000 apps on Windows Phone Marketplace but would need a lot more if it wants to continue competing with Apple and Google.