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Mobile development has undergone some changes in recent years. A big influence has been Google, which among its various efforts is pushing the Android software stack (including an application framework and SDK, a virtual machine, a DB and a browser) for mobile devices. The software represents yet another attempt to make Web apps ‘play nice’ on cell phones and other mobile devices.
With the new approaches to software services in mind, Microsoft made a new foray into the mobile space today with news of a Windows Live Mobile Developer Program, enabling programmers to develop mobile versions of its Windows Live services. Windows Live services include Hotmail, Messenger, Photo Gallery photo sharing, and Spaces personal blogs. The announcement came at the Mobile World Congress in sunny Barcelona.
At the same time, Microsoft entered into an agreement to acquire Danger Inc., a maker of software for consumer handset applications, most notably, the Sidekick cell phone. The cost of the deal was not disclosed, but it is presumably less than Microsoft’s recent $40-billion-plus offer for Yahoo! Some former Danger principals are working on Android within Google.