In the vein of no apps nor updates for WebOS, Microsoft is aiming to benefit from HP's failed tablet experiment: Brandon Watson, Microsoft's senior director of Windows Phone 7 development, made the following offer on Twitter last week: "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 claimed today that he has received emails from some 1,000 WebOS developers expressing interest in the proposal. Whether freebies and promises of support will actually sway burned WebOS developers to Microsoft's troubled mobile platform remains to be seen.
To hear HP tell it, though, WebOS still has a future, by golly. HP's WebOS chief Steven DeWitt went on record as saying that the company will license out the Palm-built mobile OS to other hardware vendors. "The WebOS is not dead," he said. "We're going to continue to evolve it, update and support it. We stand by it."
HP's assurance that it stands by its mobile platform is tough to swallow, given that the company is killing off the TouchPad, along with its Pre and Pixi smartphones -- after loudly and repeatedly standing by them for a year. If the company can't figure out what to do with a platform for which it paid a large chunk of change ($1.2 billion plus hundreds of millions in development, fire-sale losses, not to mentioned bad PR), it's tough to imagine other hardware vendors embracing it -- especially when there are clearly more viable alternatives out there.
At best, WebOS might find a niche in printers and PCs, according to HP via VentureBeat, but it's not going to be a competitor to Android, iOS -- or even WP7.
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