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All posts tagged "sidekick"


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

KIN Total Cost Nears One Billion Dollars

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 02:00 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/07/22/...crosoft-earnin/

So just how much did the whole Danger acquistion and KIN project cost Microsoft? It looks like the total cost is approaching $1,000,000,000. Ouch. Engadged discovered there was a $240 million writeoff in Microsoft's June 30, 2010 financial statements and notes that it paid $500 million for Danger. What is not included in any of these numbers are:

  • Routine operation expenses Microsoft incurred for the unit since the Danger acquistion.
  • Hardware upgrades and purchases for the Sidekick infrastructure
  • Revenues from the Sidekick business (that would offset any costs)
  • Expenses, penalties and fees incurred when the Danger servers went belly up and ate all of the Sidekick data and Microsoft had to go in and fix it
  • Marketing costs for the KIN

All told, I suspect the venture wound up costing Microsoft over a billion dollars above any revenue it got from the Sidekick business. A billion dollars is a lot of money, but in the world of acquisitions, I suspect more money was blown when HP acquired Compaq or AOL acquired Time Warner.


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Data Recover For Sidekick Users In Progress

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Thoughts Media Off Topic" @ 08:00 AM

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/...15sidekick.mspx

It seems Microsoft will be able to recover most, if not all, of the user data originally thought to be lost forever.

"We plan to begin restoring users’ personal data as soon as possible, starting with personal contacts, after we have validated the data and our restoration plan. We will then continue to work around the clock to restore data to all affected users, including calendar, notes, tasks, photographs and high scores, as quickly as possible. "

There is a brief explanation of what went wrong, though it is very light on details. I'm glad though that the data is being recovered. Originally, T-Mobile was saying there was little or no chance of recovery. This is good news for those that have the device, and hopefully a lesson learned for the entire industry providing cloud services.

Tags: cloud, sidekick, fail

Monday, October 12, 2009

Robbie Bach Talks, Engadget Listens

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Talk" @ 05:30 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2009/10/06/...-engadget-is-t/

"We're currently at a multi-purpose Microsoft event right now -- an event touring the company's holiday lineup, as well as today's launch of Windows phone devices (AKA, Windows Mobile 6.5). We had a chance to sit down with Robbie Bach, President of Microsoft's Entertainment & Devices Division, and ask him some questions about where the big M is headed with its recent lineup."

While the conversation with Robbie Bach had some interesting points on Windows Mobile and Windows Phones in general, in light of the recent Sidekick fiasco, I found the following point slightly ironic:

Peter Rojas asks about the company's acquisition of Danger. Robbie: "There were clear reasons for us to acquire Danger -- I think in time that will pan out. It wasn't another OS, it was services... the Sidekick isn't our brand, it's T-Mobile's brand."

Oh how I bet many at Microsoft would love to keep repeating that mantra over the next week...


Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Microsoft's spent $500 Million on Danger

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone Talk" @ 04:00 PM

http://news.yahoo.com/s/cnet/200807...386031000415856

"We had heard that Microsoft threw down a cool half billion to acquire Danger earlier this year, but quite honestly, we found it a bit tough to believe. After all, analysts are saying that even Motorola is barely worth that much. Regardless of all that, the outfit's latest quarterly report filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission affirms that it did indeed spend $500 million on Danger. That's a lot of jack, son."



['Danger' is my middle name]


Not only did Microsoft pick up one super snazzy smartphone maker but when they spent a half billion dollars on purchasing a company with a name as awesome as this but I feel Microsoft bought the right to say that 'Danger' is your middle name. In fact, you can even say Microsoft eats Danger for breakfast... too much? Alright I’ll stop now.


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