Microsoft luring webOS developers with free Windows Phones

Now that webOS devices will be discontinued what are webOS developers to do? Well, they could become developers for the Windows Phone platform and receive a free handset while they're at it. Only a day after the HP announcement, Microsoft is already moving in on webOS developers, pledging that they'll provide all the tools they need to succeed.

Senior Director of Windows Phone 7 Brandon Watson has posted a message via Twitter pledging to offer free phones, developer tools, and training to webOS developers that make the switch to the Windows Phone platform. The tweet reads: "To Any Published WebOS Devs: We'll give you what you need to be successful on #WindowsPhone, phones, dev tools, and training, etc."

Although HP has made it clear that they are "not walking away from webOS" and that they are simply discontinuing the hardware, the future of webOS remains murky. HP may be exploring options to license the platform or to sell it off entirely.

[via AllThingsD]