Microsoft Pink phones may never ship


— 6:00 AM on October 6, 2009

Apparently, we weren't the only ones unimpressed with those leaked images of purported Microsoft Pink handsets. As MobileCrunch reports, the devices may never actually see the light of day. The site got a whole laundry list of issues with the project from a single, anonymous source that's supposedly reliable.

According to that source, the Pink project is "roughly 2 years behind schedule," and many of the original staffers from Danger, the mobile software company Microsoft bought last year, have quit or been let go. The remainder of the team supposedly lacks a "braintrust that understands how to build a product," and it's struggling with user-interface development and poorly thought-out hardware prototypes. Features like a built-in calendar app and third-party software support have already ended up on the "cutting room floor," too.

Not only that, but MobileCrunch claims project members "hate the product" and feel Microsoft is using Pink merely to "challenge [the Windows Mobile 7 team] and upset them into competing." Doubtful that the company actually wants to ship a device, the Pink folks are sticking with their Sidekick (a.k.a. Danger Hiptop) devices as well as iPhones for personal use.

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