Microsoft hasn’t lost a moment capitalising on HP/WebOS

Pradeep over at has published an email that is being sent out to the (apparent) legions of developers jumping ship from WebOS to Windows. The email is from Brandon Watson, top man at Microsoft’s Windows Phone developer relations.

You have to hand it to Microsoft: They really do know what they’re doing when it comes to developers.

Here’s the first part of Brandon’s note:

First things first. Thank you so much for reaching out to the Windows Phone team to signal your interest in bringing your talents to our platform. To be honest, we didn’t expect this level of response, so we were caught a bit flatfooted. It took a few days (on the weekend) to pull all the mails together into one place to allow me to respond in a smart way and not retype every mail by hand. Consider this a first step in building a relationship with the Windows Phone team. We are psyched to have you aboard and to see what your imagination can do on the Windows Phone canvas. Read on

Brandon goes on to list out the names and email addresses of every single Windows Phone ‘mobile champ’ in a whole list of countries.

He also points out that free phones are available — something that, ultimately, any successful developer is going to want. I get the impression that if you can prove your credentials to your local champ, they’ll sort you out with a device or two.

It’s unclear how many WebOS developers there are flocking to Microsoft. Irrespective, it’s nice marketing from the Microsoft team. It’s continuing to get the word out. This is just what Microsoft needs at this point as Mango ships and new devices (particularly from Nokia) begin to step into the light.

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