To much surprise Microsoft has apparently agreed to purchase Danger Inc, the maker of the famed Sidekick (I think Danger originally made the device, but no longer does). This news comes on the heals of Yahoo’s rejection of Microsoft’s bid to acquire them for $44 billion. The guy who started Danger, Andy Rubin, went on to launch Android, which was later acquired by Google. It’s not really clear what Microsoft plans to do with Danger, as they’ve already created a mobile operating system: Windows Mobile. There is of course significant opportunity to reach the young demo associated with the Sidekick and the Danger applications, and perhaps even leverage some of their technologies into the Windows Mobile platform.
Official Press Release here.
Update: According to Gigaom, Microsoft purchased Danger for a reported $500 million.