Microsoft server failure loses all data for Danger Sidekick phone users

Here’s the harsh reality of what can happen when you rely on data storage ‘in the cloud’. Microsoft recently bough Danger, the company behind the Sidekick phone devices, in a possible move to offering a Microsoft branded similar device at some point.

Over the past few days, Danger users started reporting being unable to access any of their phone data from their phones (address books etc). Apparently due to a server failure, all user’s data has been lost. This weekend, Microsoft announced that the chances of recovering their user’s data ‘doesn’t look good’. According to a post on the T-Mobile forums, user’s data has ‘almost certainly has been lost as a result of a server failure at Microsoft/Danger’

Hmm. Aren’t Microsoft getting ready to launch Microsoft Office online? Based on this stellar success record, I’d avoid any service hosted by Microsoft online like the plague. Stay away, stay very away.

Doesn’t look too good for Microsoft. Will be very interested to see how they put a positive spin on this one.

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