Hours after HP announced plans to discontinue its webOS device business in the face of mediocre sales, Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone 7 director Brandon Watson rolled out the red carpet to webOS developers disenfranchised by HP's move. "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 tweeted Friday. A follow-up tweet posted Monday morning suggests many developers were quick to capitalize on Watson's invitation: "Email flood begins anew... Closing in on 1K #webOS dev emails," he writes.
Microsoft is slated to begin accepting applications optimized for its new Windows Phone 7.1 update later this month. The free Windows Phone SDK 7.1 Beta 2 is available for download here.
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