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    Microsoft’s Sidekick/Pink problems blamed on dogfooding and sabotage

    October 12th, 2009

    Daniel Eran Dilger

    Additional insiders have stepped forward to shed more light into Microsoft’s troubled acquisition of Danger, its beleaguered Pink Project, and what has become one of the most high profile Information Technology disasters in recent memory.

    Microsoft’s Sidekick/Pink problems blamed on dogfooding and sabotage

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    The sources point to longstanding management issues, a culture of “dogfooding,” and evidence that could suggest the issue was a deliberate act of sabotage.

    AppleInsider previously broke the story that Microsoft’s Roz Ho launched an exploratory group to determine how the company could best reach the consumer smartphone market, identified Danger as a viable acquisition target, and then made a series of catastrophic mistakes that resulted in both the scuttling of any chance that Pink prototypes would ever appear, as well as allowing Danger’s existing datacenter to fail spectacularly, resulting in lost data across the board for T-Mobile’s Sidekick users.

    Why Danger failed within Microsoft

    Now, a new source has stepped forward to elaborate on why Microsoft’s Danger acquisition failed so dramatically. This source, intimately involved in the core engineering circle of Microsoft’s Pink Project, outlined that Pink wasn’t simply the acquired Danger group, but existed prior to the acquisition. While the Pink group operated within Microsoft independently of both Windows Mobile and Zune, this source claims that “Pink was in fact a Zune-phone,” in that “Pink was a third group tasked with taking Zune software and making it a phone.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Telekom
    October 12th, 2009

    Daniel Eran Dilger

    Additional insiders have stepped forward to shed more light into Microsoft’s troubled acquisition of Danger, its beleaguered Pink Project, and what has become one of the most high profile Information Technology disasters in recent memory.

    Microsoft’s Sidekick/Pink problems blamed on dogfooding and sabotage

    .
    The sources point to longstanding management issues, a culture of “dogfooding,” and evidence that could suggest the issue was a deliberate act of sabotage.

    AppleInsider previously broke the story that Microsoft’s Roz Ho launched an exploratory group to determine how the company could best reach the consumer smartphone market, identified Danger as a viable acquisition target, and then made a series of catastrophic mistakes that resulted in both the scuttling of any chance that Pink prototypes would ever appear, as well as allowing Danger’s existing datacenter to fail spectacularly, resulting in lost data across the board for T-Mobile’s Sidekick users.

    Why Danger failed within Microsoft

    Now, a new source has stepped forward to elaborate on why Microsoft’s Danger acquisition failed so dramatically. This source, intimately involved in the core engineering circle of Microsoft’s Pink Project, outlined that Pink wasn’t simply the acquired Danger group, but existed prior to the acquisition. While the Pink group operated within Microsoft independently of both Windows Mobile and Zune, this source claims that “Pink was in fact a Zune-phone,” in that “Pink was a third group tasked with taking Zune software and making it a phone.”

    http://www.roughlydrafted.com/2009/1...-and-sabotage/
    RoughlyDrafted is a site set up by an Apple fanboy to trash everyone other than Apple (especially Microsoft), so I'm not sure that I would believe everything that I read there.

    That said, Microsoft's mobile division is in big trouble. WinMo is quickly losing ground to the iPhone and Android, and it's likely that there won't be any new Danger devices (I would be surprised if T-Mobile was willing to partner with Microsoft/Danger on launching future devices after this debacle).

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