Microsoft Corp. has announced that it will acquire Danger Inc., the company responsible for the popular Sidekick line of smartphones.
Microsoft’s Windows Mobile operating system has grown to be popular with business uses, but so far has gained little traction among consumers. One of Microsoft’s goals for the future is to change this.
With the acquisition of Danger, Microsoft hopes to benefit from the company’s nearly 10 years of expertise with mobile consumers.
As Microsoft says:
The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company provides services that allow people to keep in touch, stay organized, and keep informed while on the go through real-time mobile messaging, social networking services, Web browsing, and personal information management applications. Combining these services with Microsoft’s connected entertainment and mobile technologies will provide Microsoft with the tools to accelerate its work to create industry-leading entertainment and communication experiences for consumers.
What About the Sidekick?
Exactly what this announcement means for T-Mobile USA’s Sidekick line of smartphones is not clear. Microsoft’s announcement says nothing about whether Danger will continue to offer the operating system that powers these devices.
However, it’s quite possible that Danger’s personnel will be absorbed by Microsoft, and there will be no more Sidekick models.
Spokespeople for T-Mobile USA did not respond to questions in time for this report.