It would appear that Microsoft's M&A team isn't solely focused on Yahoo
these days. Back in December, we noted that Danger, makers of the Sidekick mobile phone device, was
planning to IPO
, despite not having a track record worth an IPO. As we noted at the time, it seemed like the company was going to IPO because that was its only option. The truth is probably that the company was desperately looking for a buyout, and now Microsoft has come through
. It will be worth watching to see what Microsoft does with Danger, as Danger does not use Microsoft's operating system, and its model is not based on licensing software, but in taking a toll from service fees. It would take quite a bit of effort to pull out Danger's OS, which was very carefully designed for the device itself, and replace it with Windows Mobile (and it also might lead Sidekick fans to flee to other devices). All in all, it's an odd sort of acquisition for Microsoft. One would hope that the company actually has more specific plans on what to do with Danger, because the obvious fit isn't apparent. From Danger's perspective, though, an acquisition by anyone
at this point has to be viewed as a better option than trying to IPO, which almost definitely would have been a disaster.