(a group led by Microsoft, Oracle and Expedia) has filed a complaint
[PDF] with the EU claiming that
Google has a monopoly in the mobile market and is using its mobile position
to force its other products on users.
In February of 2008, Microsoft acquired the maker of the Sidekick
, Danger Inc., for $500 million dollars
and rolled the company into its Premium Mobile Experiences division, led by Roz Ho
. The Sidekick retained a dedicated following after the merger despite some hiccups
along the way. Twenty-six months after the acquisition, Microsoft unveiled the KIN One and KIN Two devices
which would launch in May. The devices were backed by a huge and mildly controversial marketing push
aimed at the young, hip social-networking addict niche. Reviews were generally negative
and often cited needless complexity, software that was lacking basic functions and no support for third party applications. The devices ran a fork of Windows Phone 7
, Microsoft's rewrite of their aging mobile operating system that had been rapidly losing ground
to RIM, Apple and Google. Just seven weeks after launch, the KIN is dead
. Engadget has some insight
into the failure and the subsequent shake-up at Microsoft.
The New Microsoft Smartphone.
Microsoft has revealed their latest Windows Mobile Smartphone, today, dubbed the Windows Phone 7 Series. Videos from the conference.
They've announced the new phone will be available on most of the major carriers. [more inside]
In the light of the Microsoft/Sidekick data disaster
, it might be a good time to take a look at just what's happening with Microsoft's half billion dollar investment in Danger. Despite already having a mobile phone operating system (Windows Mobile) and an entire division (Zune) just itching to go head to head with Apple's iPhone. Microsoft decided to turn Danger into a skunkworks for "Project Pink
," named, apparently, after the pop star
Now, According to MobileCrunch
, the project is two years late, most of the team has left or been fired, Microsoft hasn't managed to create an app store, and the demoralized team is more enamored of their iPhones than their own product. [more inside]