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Microsoft is now Danger's middle name

Microsoft dug deep into its pocketbook recently with the offer to buy Yahoo for the large sum of $46 billion -- that offer was rejected. Microsoft, however, announced a purchase today that was much easier to finance.

Microsoft says that it agreed to purchase Danger Inc., the company best known for the Sidekick mobile device. Microsoft president of Entertainment and Devices Division Robbie Bach said in a statement, “Microsoft is a global leader with our Windows Mobile software and expanding mobile services. The addition of Danger serves as a perfect complement to our existing software and services, and also strengthens our dedication to improving mobile experiences centered on individuals and what they like.”

Microsoft says that Danger Inc. has connected with a young and enthusiastic customer base that is Internet-savvy and socially inclined. The purchase is expected to add additional assets and resources to Microsoft’s entry into the consumer space.

Danger Inc. chairman and CEO Henry R. Nothhaft said, “Danger continues to provide an effortless and fun mobile experience for consumers. Now by combining our uncompromised application software and powerful back-end service with Microsoft, we can expand our innovative service offerings even further and take mobility to a new level.”

The terms of the Microsoft purchase are unknown at this time. It doesn’t take any insider information to know after the purchase of Danger, a Sidekick running Windows Mobile will be just around the corner.

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RE: Phone?
By Mitch101 on 2/11/2008 1:51:09 PM , Rating: 2
Microsoft already has software for phone but I do agree it could be improved upon. It should be upgradable and contain more customization to add a cool factor. Like Skinning the mobile interface.

RE: Phone?
By bhieb on 2/11/2008 2:00:45 PM , Rating: 2
Yes software that is actually pretty good once you strip all the carrier and manufacturer's crap off of it. I have had a few HTC WM5 and WM6 devices, and the one thing the iPhone has over them is how fluid the interface flows. Yes you can do everything and more on a WM6 phone, but it just does not flow as well.

Hopefully this aquisition will help. MS really needs to build their own phones. There just is not enough horsepower on the phones yet to deal with a hardware maker screwing up the interface with the OS.

Just like a game console the OS and hardware really need to be in sync for a truely great phone, and you cannot rely on a dozen different hardware makers to get it right.

RE: Phone?
By Mitch101 on 2/11/2008 4:50:21 PM , Rating: 1
One can say the iPhone was a wake up call to the industry.

"Spreading the rumors, it's very easy because the people who write about Apple want that story, and you can claim its credible because you spoke to someone at Apple." -- Investment guru Jim Cramer
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