Microsoft’s offer to webOS developers has been met with strong demand.
Brandon Watson, Senior Director of Windows Phone 7 development at Microsoft offered webOS developers free Windows Phone devices, dev tools and training in a Twitter message on Friday. The offer followed an announcement by HP confirming that it has discontinued its TouchPad and pre phones and will halt all further webOS device development.
Watson revealed that over 500 webOS developers had emailed him within 22 hours of his offer. “Had to rethink the algorithm for responding to all,” said Watson in a Twitter message. It appears that Microsoft’s offer was met with a high amount of demand that was not anticipated according to Watson. WPCentral detailed the contents of an email reply that Watson is sending to webOS developers:
“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. 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. Consider this a first step in building a relationship with the Windows Phone team. We are psyched to have you aboard and to see what your imagination can do on the Windows Phone canvas.”
Watson has focused heavily on recruiting Windows Phone developers and high profile users. He recently bet $1,000 on Windows Phone 7 with the author of the comic strip Dilbert. Watson offered Scott Adams the chance to try a Windows Phone 7 device. If Adams didn’t like Windows Phone then Watson promised to donate $1,000 to a charity of Adams’ choice. Adams was impressed by Windows Phone. Watson has also previously offered Windows Phone devices to notorious iPhone hacker Geohot and the original Windows Phone 7 jail breaking team ChevronWP7.