Microsoft app recruitment drive gets 500 responses

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Despite the fact that the price drop may have saved webOS, it appears the app developers have started to take up Microsoft’s offer to switch platforms and build their applications for Windows Phone 7 after confirmation that it has received 500 responses to its call.

Microsoft’s Brandon Watson, the guy who is responsible for developer relations for the mobile OS, confirmed the numbers at a recent tweet:

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The guys over at WP Central have also sourced an email from a person who sought interest:

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.

However, this isn’t the first time Microsoft have used such a big Twitter stunt in order to promote Windows Phone 7 or to attract supporters. It recently challenged CNET’s Molly Wood and the creator of Dilbert, Scott Adams, to try out Windows Phone 7.5 Mango for two weeks and if they didn’t like it, Micorosft would donate $1000 to the charity of their choice.

So, Microsoft, if you’re giving away phones, can we have a Windows Phone 7.5 phone please?

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