Microsoft hopes that it will be able to draft developers who made
apps for the HP Touchpad tablet based on the WebOS operating system into making apps for Windows Phone 7.
"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.," tweeted Brandon Watson, a Windows Phone evangelist
"We have love for all developers. #webOS guys had a bit of a rough
week though, so we're looking out for them," Watson said in another
Despite HP's decision to possibly spin-off its PC business under a
shift in the company's operational strategy, HP TouchPad is enjoying
a level of popularity it never had until after it dropped to $99 in
price. HP said that it would suspend development of devices running
HP webOS, including the TouchPad and webOS phones.
However, WebOS isn't dead yet, according to Jon Zilber, an HP
"Far from burying WebOS, our goal is to ensure the platform's
evolution as a robust operating system for an increasingly mobile
and connected world," Zilber wrote on the official Palm blog. "We
have received positive feedback from our customers and our
developers about their enthusiasm for webOS -- powerful, elegant,
and like no other -- and we intend to enhance the platform as we
explore the options for webOS in today's marketplace. We'll take
care of our existing customers and, as always, we appreciate your
support for our platform. We encourage you to stay tuned as we write
the next chapter in front of us."
On Monday, WebOS head Stephen DeWitt said that HP still planned to
put WebOS on its printers and its PCs.