It seems that after doing some initial work on these phones based
around Danger’s proprietary Sidekick OS, Andy Lees — the SVP of
Microsoft’s mobile division — instructed everyone to go back to
the drawing board and rebuild the OS based on Windows CE. It
appears the company didn’t want a project that wasn’t directly
connected to its Windows kernel. This move allegedly set the
release of the devices back 18 months, during which time [Verizon]
became increasingly frustrated with the delays.
Mindless “Windows everywhere” politics. 18 months is forever in this industry. And why in the world did they buy Danger if they were just going to scrap the OS anyway? What a mess.