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Microsoft buys Danger, aims at Google

Hungry Microsoft went after a small prey before launching another attack on Yahoo.

Danger, the company behind Sidekick, is yet one more thing that links Google and Microsoft. The co-founder of Danger, Andy Rubin, happens to be the brains behind Google's Android platform (Open Handset Alliance).

Danger's Sidekick is an operating system by itself and it will be interesting to find out how it will fit in Microsoft's dense ecosystem.

The company had sales of $56 million and losses amounting to half that; Microsoft has not disclosed how much it paid for it.

Mary Jo Foley (opens in new tab) mentions that Danger has "considerable experience in hosting services for mobile operators, a business Microsoft might be interested in" but there are too many overlaps for Sidekick to remain untouched for long; maybe Microsoft just wants to remove another smaller rival - Danger uses Java extensively after all.

Microsoft might want to use Danger's expertise as a mobile phone software maker to help it gain a few points in the smartphone market where Symbian is all powerful.

Microsoft current Windows Mobile platform has Windows CE and was initially geared towards thin clients and keyboard based interface, rather than being build from ground up for mobile devices and smartphones.

According to Microsoft (opens in new tab), Danger “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.”

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.