Microsoft will offer free Windows Phones, dev tools and free training to webOS developers, Brandon Watson, senior director of the company, announced in a tweet. To Any Published WebOS Devs: We'll give you what you need to be successful on WindowsPhone, incl.free phones, dev tools, and training, etc. Brandon Watson, Senior Director of Windows Phone 7 development at Microsoft tweeted on Friday.

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The Microsoft offer, which came after HP announced its plans to suspend its TouchPad production and many other webOS device development, is sure to attract talent to the Windows Phone maker, Winrumors post said.

Microsoft has attracted thousands of developers and will likely attract many more once Nokia starts to offer Windows Phone 7.5 devices later this year. Watson clarified the approach in a tweet: Someone asked me why. Because every developer matters, that's why. #wpdev FTW.