Mighty Microsoft is busy trying to swoop up HP’s recently orphaned WebOS developers with lavish pledges and offers of Free Phones and more to any who switch over to the Windows Phone smartphone/tablet platform.
Microsoft’s evangelist Brandon Watson and the Windows Phone team’s offer goes out to those writing code for HP’s webOS and their message is clear, “Develop for us instead, we pledge all manner of support to programmers who make the switch. We’ll give you what you need to be successful on Windows Phone, including free phones, developer tools, and training, etc.,”
TCF spoke with a friend and long-time Palm WebOS developer who said he is still somewhat numb and in shock.
He is wary that by signing on with another also-ran instead of Apple, the market leader, he could be risking the future of his company. After similar handoffs, first from US Robotics, to 3Com , to Palm and eventually to HP he fears and dreads a similar fate somewhere down the line if the Windows Phone can’t quickly get market traction and make a successful splash onto the market
In the worst case scenario, it could result in valuable wasted time and effort, money and finances, and in the end unrecoverable lost opportunities.