Microsoft is throwing a party for the media and it is widely speculated the guest of honor will be the two “Pink” phones the company has been working on for a good while. Microsoft bought the Sidekick folks and that team is producing Pink internally.
Pink is one of those series that, frankly, I should have reviewed a long time ago. The adventure/drama focuses on Natalie Cross (Natalie Raitano), who kills people for a living — and is very good at it. But Natalie is haunted by her biological clock, memories of her tough-as-nails father and some occasional qualms about her chosen career path.
Created in 2007 by Blake Calhoun and Mike Maden, the show’s enjoyed a remarkable amount of success, with three seasons finding distribution across all platforms, including, most recently, Hulu (s NWS) (s GE). In addition, Calhoun beat out a talented group of experienced web series directors to win the Best Directing in a Drama award at the 2009 Streamys.
So it’s popular — let’s talk about whether or not it’s good. Sitting down with the show again for the first time since it premiered, I remained impressed by its high-quality production value. The only exception being some of the larger-scale action scenes (such as Natalie shooting at an off-screen helicopter at the end of Season 1), which felt a little awkward in execution. Read More about Award-winning Pink Might Make You Blush
Microsoft will finally introduce its “Pink” phone in the next month or two, according to a report from Jefferies & Co. And we may see it be released alongside dual versions of Windows Mobile that separately target business users and consumers.
The Wall Street Journal this week reported that Microsoft and Verizon Wireless are developing a multimedia touchscreen phone slated for release next year. There’s some speculation about whether Pink, as the project is dubbed, is a smartphone, a suite of consumer-focused mobile services or simply an unfounded rumor. Regardless of its exact form, if Microsoft isn’t already at work on Pink, it should start. Today.