Even though we intended it to be an April’s fool joke last year — when we said Microsoft was going to buy Palm and rebrand webOS to Windows Phone 7 — this is as close as it gets.
Microsoft is offering free Windows Phone developer devices and tools for former webOS developers, after HP has pulled the plug on the mobile platform. The information comes from Microsoft’s Senior Director of Windows Phone 7 development, Brandon Watson’s Twitter account.
With recent webOS being dumped news and the upcoming Windows Phone Mango release, Microsoft might want to take advantage of HP’s move and turn it to its advantage. webOS didn’t have a huge market share but Windows Phone might need all the users it can get; luring in webOS developers is just one of Redmond’s moves to make its platform more popular.