On Friday, Microsoft's Brandon Watson put the word out that any webOS developers who were looking for a new home would get free dev tools and phones if they came to work for WIndows Phone. Over 500 have taken them up on their offer.

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HP claims that webOS development is simply on hold while they secure a licensing agreement, but what are the developers supposed to do in the meantime? They're going to jump ship—as they should—and a platform is nothing without talented devs.

As a Windows Phone user, I'm pretty excited at the prospect of an influx of developing talent for the platform, even if it means picking over the carrion bones of webOS. [The Next Web, WPCentral]