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Microsoft offers free phones and training to webOS devs

By Jos · 11 replies
Aug 22, 2011
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  1. Hot on the heels of HP's decision to scrap work on webOS devices, Microsoft is taking the opportunity to get some stranded webOS developers interested in its platform by giving…

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  2. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    How about saying it's the fastest growing App ecosystem in history? Hell, even WP7 has obtained more Apps than both Blackberry and webOS combined, in half the time (no, seriously) it took HP to acquire and ultimately dump webOS... which is sad...

    It's good that Microsoft wants to give these stranded developers a new home. It really tells you Microsoft is not playing around with WP7. While, to put it bluntly, Kin was a pathetic piece of s***, with WP7 they seem serious, and I think they have a shot as long as they bring updates twice as fast (6 month intervals, like Ubuntu), and get more manufacturers to build quality phones. The only one that has taken WP7 seriously, has been HTC with their HD series; although their batteries continue to be the same garbage as with every other smartphone, for some reason...?
  3. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,634   +98

    +1 on that one. In addition to that claim of :

    I think it is better to have fewer but good/quality applicaitons, instead of having lots of crappy useless **** I see, especially in the Android market place.

    I couldn't have put it better lawfer, I totally agree that at least two (2) updats a year is what MS should target for WP. I think if they adopt such model they probably will catch up iOS + Android in maximum of 1/2 cycles. Although when it comes to integration of social side of things, I think they are at least on par if not better.
  4. Tomorrow_Rains

    Tomorrow_Rains TS Enthusiast Posts: 152

    I think Mango will lead the sales Q1 next year once nokia enters the picture.
  5. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    Why was the first part of my comment deleted, Techspot?

    I said Brandon Watson is not the director of Windows Phone 7 as Jose mentioned in the article, but that Terry Myerson is. Brandon Watson is simply the Dev Manager; sort of like a community manger, but for developers of the platform. Part of his job includes convincing other developers into joining the platform. What is wrong with pointing that out?

    Classy, Techspot, very classy...
  6. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 8,163   +1,230

    Lawfer, I edited your comment. I googled Brandon Watson and here's a few short descriptions about his work at Microsoft:

    "Brandon Watson is Director for Windows Phone 7. He specifically focuses on developers and the developer platform."

    "I am responsible for apps/developers on Windows Phone...how can we make your dev idea come to life?"

    "Brandon Watson, Director of Developer Experience for Windows Phone 7 at Microsoft"

    Those are taken from Microsoft or his own Twitter page. In other words, I didn't feel your correction was 100% accurate and maybe our description about his work isn't either, but for the purpose of the story it was fine. Every time someone reports a typo or mistake in one of our stories, it's our policy to correct those immediately and removing the comment referring to it.
  7. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    I'm not saying this as an Android fan but i really dont see the Mango update having a dramatic impact to the smartphone market and I really cant understand why some people think it will.

    not if the iPhone 5 gets released before then :p

    In time the W7p market will be the same, so enjoy it whilst it last

    Catchup in terms in functionality i can agree, but to catch up in sales and appeal, particularly appeal, thats going to take some time.

    This is probably what can persuade some users, not me though :)
  8. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,634   +98

    Well some may not agree, but IMO Android simply imitated iOS interface, so I don't regard it as genuine. Now to appeal, that is because people have a herd mentality, generally they don't spend too much time to figure out things for themselves. Make no mistake I've tried several android phones in last year and I am not impressed, specially when it comes to stability and reliability. Hell my older HTC T/TII / Omnia WinMo cells were far superior in this regard, in fact Omnia never ever froze/or crashed for almost 3 years before I accidentally dropped it and broke its screen :(. Whereas, TII well lets just say I screwed it while trying to update to a custom rom, but luckily I was able to salvage it :).
  9. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    When it comes to google, android or samsung you're automatically in hate mode and this time it has really clouded your judgement. I dont like Apple but I try to be at least realistic about their capabilities. To think that WP7 will catch up with android and apple in terms sales and appea in a short period of timel, well i don't even know what to say about that, other then don't hold your breath
  10. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,634   +98

    I am not sure how you reached this judgement, by the way Omnia is Samsung's cell phone line. I don't hate Big G, I just don't like their invasive behavior. IMO Google is nearly a monopoly, which probably is causing such behavior in the first place.

    Neither I said or implied this, in fact for next 1/2 years I don't think WP will come close to number of units sold by other competitors. The difference in point of view arises mainly because in the corporate environment we prefer 'stability and reliability' over useless stupid additions/generally unreliable tech. etc. So probably this fact too plays a part in judgement / formation of opinion.
  11. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    OK i was wrong i can admit it, i saw another anti-android post from you and my judgement got clouded. Why you don't just save up for a new phone, surely someone who works in the "corporate environment" can afford it. BTW I find my android phone, stable and reliable even with all the stupid additions/generally unreliable tech etc.
  12. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,634   +98

    Luckily I can and I will, but right now I have other more important things at hand ;).

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