webOS devs: Microsoft offers free phones and training for Windows Phone 7

webOS devs: Microsoft offers free phones and training for Windows Phone 7

Summary: Microsoft has focused on reaching out to developers for Windows Phone 7 and in their latest scheme they reached out to webOS developers as HP kills the hardware and offers an uncertain future.

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Microsoft has done a fantastic job of getting developers on board the Windows Phone 7 platform and they were able to get the Windows Phone Marketplace built up in record time and are quickly approaching 30,000 apps. A significant influence in getting developers on board has been the infectious enthusiasm and actions by Brandon Watson who recently launched the WP7 Developer Challenge where he challenged Molly Wood and Dilbert creator, Scott Adams, to give WP7 a try with an offer of $1,000 for their favorite charity if they end up not liking the platform.

As a result of the shocking webOS news from HP Brandon again did the smart thing and offered any published webOS developer the opportunity for free phones, development tools, training, and more. I am not a developer myself, but from what I understand the tools for WP7 development are fairly straightforward and Microsoft is great at helping developers out.

Readers know I am a huge fan of the WP7 platform and find the Metro UI attractive and functional. I love the apps and games on Windows Phone and hopefully we see lots of developers taking advantage of this offer from Brandon.

Topics: Operating Systems, Apps, Microsoft, Mobile OS, Mobility, Software, Software Development, Windows

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  • RE: webOS devs: Microsoft offers free phones and training for Windows Phone 7

    Speaking from experience and I can say that the WP7 development tools are light years ahead of everyone else. I'm glad that they're reaching out to the Web/OS developers, WP7 needs all the help and breaks it can get to try and compete with the likes of the iPhone and Android.

    He should reach out the blackberry devs also.
    rwalrond
    • Agreed

      @rwalrond
      Dev tools were always and still very much is Microsofts strongest side.
      honeymonster
      • RE: webOS devs: Microsoft offers free phones and training for Windows Phone 7

        @honeymonster Agree. I am amazed that Apple/Linux after all of these years are still behind on what these tools bring. It is very frustrating to move into either environment and step backwards - WAAY backwards in toolset...
        ItsTheBottomLine
  • RE: webOS devs: Microsoft offers free phones and training for Windows Phone 7

    From frying pan to fire?
    loidab
    • Inccorrect. As this is a step up, the appropriate sentence

      @loidab <br>you should have offered is "from fire to counter top".<br>I have seen a few people with WP7 devices, non with WebOS devices.<br><br>
      :|
      Tim Cook
    • RE: webOS devs: Microsoft offers free phones and training for Windows Phone 7

      @loidab
      another very insightful message from a ABMer. I hope you surely had your fun lasted for few seconds. I am happy for it. But do you really know that MS dev tools are light years ahead of other platforms including Android and iOS. Thanks for playing, you silly FUDMeister.
      Ram U
      • RE: webOS devs: Microsoft offers free phones and training for Windows Phone 7

        @Rama.NET

        Search the internet. People rave about Microsoft's development tools. I know that and I'm not even a developer.
        WixosTrix
  • RE: webOS devs: Microsoft offers free phones and training for Windows Phone 7

    It is an Android and iOS world but MS is smart for trying.
    slickjim
    • When they try, they usually succeed

      @Peter Perry
      The crime would to be to sit back and do nothing.
      :|
      Tim Cook
      • That's the thing one is never certain...

        @Mister Spock .. When MS is serious or not. I don't remember them saying KIN wink, wink, nudge, nudge, say no more:). Play For Sure also comes to mind. At the time MS seemed to be serious about that.

        Pagan jim
        James Quinn
      • RE: webOS devs: Microsoft offers free phones and training for Windows Phone 7

        @James Quinn
        Even though it is small, a 20% WebOS users are planning to move to Windows Phone 7. Of course there are titans like iOS and copy cat Android in the market, but thats one of the interesting statistics. Here you go http://wmpoweruser.com/windows-phone-7-may-pick-up-20-of-webos-users/
        Ram U
      • RE: webOS devs: Microsoft offers free phones and training for Windows Phone 7

        @Rama.NET... Actually I wish WP7 all the luck and hope it sticks. I also hope for WebOS to find a savior. I think healthy competition is key. Also I hope RIM pull out of it's current problems with what is it QNX? I'm an apple fan but I do not want others destroyed by Apple's success heck I don't even care who sells more. To my personal point of view as long as Apple makes good money on each sale Android can have the sales numbers title as long as it wants it:)<br><br>Pagan jim
        James Quinn
      • As it is with Apple, Google, or any company at for that matter.

        @James Quinn<br>So I am not sure what message you where atempting to present.<br><br>
        :|
        Tim Cook
      • RE: webOS devs: Microsoft offers free phones and training for Windows Phone 7

        @James Quinn
        I totally agree. How many of Android sales are really Google Android is the real question? another interesting poll says WP7 User Intereface is second to iOS and tops Variety of Android UIs. :D
        Ram U
      • RE: webOS devs: Microsoft offers free phones and training for Windows Phone 7

        @Mister Spock,
        Sometimes companies choose to kill products based on sales or other reasons. HP did it with WebOS devices, MS with Kin and Play For Sure, as you mentioned. Interesting you forgot to add what Apple did with the XServe. So based on your post, Apple shouldn't be considered an option for business and enterprise after killing the XServer the way they did, right?
        dvm
  • There are WebOS developers?

    How many? And honestly do developers actually specialize in a specific OS? What about having a good idea for a mobile app and developIng it for all platforms? I remember hearing at one time one could develop an app using OSX and recompile it for Windows?

    Pagan Jim
    James Quinn
    • RE: webOS devs: Microsoft offers free phones and training for Windows Phone 7

      @James Quinn

      They gotta start somewhere
      WixosTrix
    • RE: webOS devs: Microsoft offers free phones and training for Windows Phone 7

      @James Quinn

      Why port it? Give WP users the UX they deserve and write it natively. Personally, I feel jipped when I pay for something ported, which ends up half assing the UX.
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • RE: webOS devs: Microsoft offers free phones and training for Windows Phone 7

      @James Quinn
      So let me get this correct. As long as Apple and your boy Barack are doing fine, you're happy? Well we all know one of them isn't.
      mikroland2.0
  • The winners of this TouchPad fire sale

    is IT developers building in-house applications designed for tablets.

    They can get tablet hardware and tools for not a lot of money (unlike Apple, which cost retail price for a tablet, plus the cost of a Mac to use Xcode, and potentially the cost of being part of the "in-crowd" that is the iOS Developer Program).

    Developing for webOS can be done online too.
    Joe_Raby