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Microsoft gets over 500 responses to webOS recruitment attempt

Looks like Microsoft's Brandon Watson got more than he expected when he Tweeted about webOS devs switching to Windows Phone. In a follow up Tweet, he notes the overwhelming response:

"...I have >500 emails in just the last 22 hours. Had to rethink the algorithm for responding to all."

Watson goes into more detail in the letter to soon-to-be-former webOS devs who expressed interest in the Windows Phone developer system:

"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."

As the news and ramifications of HP dropping hardware development for webOS sinks in, it will be interesting to see where webOS customers and developers head--Android, Windows Phone or the iPhone. So far, it seems like many have expressed interest in Windows Phone due to its elegance and lets face it, superior developer support. Either way, good job on Watson for seizing the moment and giving hope to devs who may need some work ASAP.

Related: see our guide for consumers switching from webOS to WP7



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Bruno H says:

Way to go Watson!Looks like som other companies have grown fat and lazy and just dont care about getting som more developers. Happy to se Microsoft being agile in this.

Garrett92C says:

Exciting! I do feel that he shouldn't have mentioned a "free phone" in his original tweet though. I bet some people only replied because of that.Anyway, I'm one of the people who responded to his offer. I've spent the last two days going through WP7 development resources. Already started building my first app! :)

surge48 says:

Awesome!! Thanks for the support and definitely let us know when your app is ready! Its great to see all the support we are getting!!

Koarin says:

I shouldn't have e-mailed him about something unrelated in that time frame. I was clumped in with everyone and got the e-mail treating me like a WebOS developer, when that had nothing to do with my original email.

turdsamich says:

I think wp7 can very well end up being the big winner in this whole WebOS fiasco.