Come join us, Microsoft says to WebOS developers

hp-webosIf WebOS really does go down, it’ll take with it all its developers too. Sniffing an opportunity, Microsoft’s director of developer experience for Windows Phone, Brandon Watson, put out a call on Twitter late Friday suggesting WebOS developers turn their attention to Windows Phone.

The tweet, picked up by Cnet, said: “To Any Published WebOS Devs: We’ll give you what you need to be successful on Windows Phone, incl. free phones, dev tools, and training, etc.”

The former WebOS developers will need to decide whether to take up Watson’s offer, or instead move over to the two more popular platforms, Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. Or simply throw the towel in on the whole business.

Developers have been responding to Watson via Twitter in the past few hours, interested in finding out more about what might be on the table, with Watson offering to put one in touch with “one of our mobile champs.”

In one tweet, writer Ed Bott reminds Watson of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s thinking when it comes to developers. Bott links to a famous video showing a sweaty Steve Ballmer, seemingly on the verge of keeling over, shouting “developers” 14 times in a row at an audience that was left in little that doubt that developers are a group of people that mean a lot to Microsoft.

Watson confirms this, tweeting: “Developers matter. Every. Single. One.”

The situation has come about following Hewlett-Packard’s announcement on Thursday that it would be exiting the PC business and ending tablet and smartphone production.

But have reports of WebOS’s death been greatly exaggerated? An article on Thursday suggested there’s life in the ol’ operating system yet, with HP’s head of webOS, Stephen DeWitt, saying, “We are not walking away from webOS.” Apparently, though, he had no firm announcement to make regarding its future.

The longer the confusion continues about what’s going to happen with WebOS, the more interesting Brandon Watson’s tweet will begin to look to its (former?) developers.

Update: Three hours after Watson put out the call to WebOS developers, he tweeted: “I’m floored at # of @ replies and emails of WebOS devs looking for a home. Putting kids 2 bed. I’ll personally answer each 1. U deserve it.”

Developers – they’re important to Microsoft:

Emerging Tech

Global Good wants to rid the world of deadly diseases with lasers and A.I.

Global Good, a collaboration between Intellectual Ventures and Bill Gates, aims to eradicate diseases that kill children in developing nations. It tackles difficult problems with high-tech prototypes.
Cars

Researchers teach self-driving cars to predict pedestrians’ next moves

University of Michigan researchers are developing a system that teaches self-driving cars to predict pedestrian movement. Humans don't always act in their own best self-interest, so autonomous cars will need to practice protective driving.
Social Media

Twitter keeps your direct messages, even years after you delete them

Twitter is keeping copies of direct messages sent through the social network even years after users delete them, according to security researcher Karan Saini who discovered an archive containing old DMs from deleted and suspended accounts.
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix, from 'Haunting of Hill House’ to ‘Norsemen’

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.
Product Review

Want to see how powerful the Snapdragon 855 chip is? Just rev up the Xiaomi Mi 9

How fast do you want to go? If the answer to this is “as fast as possible,” then take a long look at the Xiaomi Mi 9. It’s one of the highest performance smartphones you can buy. It’s a real monster, and we’ve been using it.
Mobile

The Xiaomi Mi 9 is the powerhouse smartphone 2019 has been waiting for

Xiaomi has announced the Mi 9, and it's a real powerhouse. It comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, a triple-lens camera, a new in-display fingerprint sensor, and a new design. Here's what you need to know.
Mobile

Samsung’s Galaxy S10e unapologetically rips a page out of iPhone XR’s playbook

Samsung's Galaxy S10e -- a new entry in the Galaxy S-series -- has a few things in common with Apple's lower-cost iPhone XR. From the price tag to the color, we take a look atthe similarities.
Mobile

LG starts MWC 2019 early with the new Q60, K50, and K40 phones

LG has announced three new smartphones ahead of Mobile World Congress 2019: The Q60, the K50, and the K40. All are midrange devices, but with some striking features, including multi-lens cameras.
Mobile

Here Technologies’ cellular map can tell when you’ll lose coverage on the road

Here Technologies' wants to make it a little easier for companies to know where cellular coverage is available on the roads. The company has announced a new coverage map that offers data about road coverage.
Mobile

Here's how you can watch the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event today

Samsung's skipping Mobile World Congress 2019 to launch its next big smartphone a week earlier in San Francisco. We're fully expecting the Galaxy S10 to show up, but what else will be there? Here's what to expect.
Mobile

The 2-year-old Nokia 6 is now being updated to Android Pie

Android 9.0 Pie has been released. But is your phone getting Android 9.0 Pie, and if so, when? We've done the hard work and asked every device manufacturer to see when their devices would be getting the update.
Mobile

Samsung beefs up just about everything in its Galaxy S10 smartphone range

Samsung has unveiled its 2019 flagship smartphone lineup, and there aren't just two phones as usual -- there are four. There's the Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, as well as a new entry called the S10e, as well as the Galaxy S10 5G.
Product Review

If price is top of mind, Samsung’s Galaxy S10e is the flagship phone to buy

Samsung’s Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus are joined with a new entry into the Galaxy S family -- the Galaxy S10e. It costs a little more than the original price of the Galaxy S9, but it’s meant to be the more affordable phone compared to the…
Mobile

What we like and don’t like about the Galaxy S10

Samsung’s Galaxy S10 takes the elegant design to new heights, boasts incredible screen and camera tech, and offers speedier connectivity, but we don’t like the price and a few other things. Here’s what we like and don’t like about…