Michael Abbott Lands at Twitter

It was just days ago that we learned Michael Abbott, Palm’s SVP of Software and Services, was leaving Palm effective April 23rd. According to report this evening on Tech Crunch, Abbott will be joining Twitter as the new VP of engineering. Abbott will replace Greg Pass, who is being promoted to CTO.

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Palm’s Michael Abbott Resigns

MIchael Abbott, Palm’s SVP of Software and Service, has resigned effective April 23rd. The news comes from PreCentral via an SEC filing. Abbott’s role as SVP of Software and Service was to lead the application platform and services development for the company‚Äôs next-generation Palm webOS platform.

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We wish Michael the best in his future endeavors and a big thanks for all his work on webOS.

Palm Showcases ‘Ares’ webOS Development Tool

Palm today showcased a new webOS development tool known as Ares. Ares is a web based development environment designed to make it easy for developers to write applications for webOS.

Ares will give developers another way to write WebOS applications and will allow fast development through a drag-and-drop interface, Palm said. It’s designed to help Web developers make the leap to becoming mobile developers, said Michael Abbott, senior vice president of application software and services at Palm. Ares will be available by year’s end through the WebOS developer site.

It won’t require any downloads or configuration, Abbott said. The environment includes debugging and a mechanism for developers to share libraries and APIs (application programming interfaces), Abbott said.

Palm showcased Ares at the Open Mobile Summit in San Francisco, where a Palm engineer created a Flickr search application using the new development tool. Ares will work on Firefox and Safari web browsers.

[via PC World]