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Microsoft wants employees to build Windows 7 Phone apps in their spare time

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Yesterday, we brought news of all Microsoft employees being given free Windows 7 Phones when the late entry to the smart phone war debuts later this year (I’ve seen October for a launch or as late as December). Now Seattle-based tech blog Tech Flash is publishing an internal memo detailing some of the strings attached.

They want employees to evangelize the product to friends, sure, but they’d also like those employees to build apps for the phone.  This news comes not long after the company began paying developers to build apps for the store. It’s a little gaudy, sure, perhaps even a touch desperate but MSFT is in a massive game of catch up here trying to be a legit player in an already crowded smart phone marketplace where the number of app offerings matter a lot. But they did it before with Xbox so we’ll just have to see.
 

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