A scientific, methodical, cold strategy to economically ruin the corporate coffers and plunder the technological resources. This is the really heavy accusation that Sendo addresses Microsoft and for which he decided to bring the Redmond company to court.
The details of the charges that the smart phone maker addresses to Windows manufacturers have been made public and detailed in the documents attached to the indictment request filed last month in Texana, Texas, where the court case should take place.
As known Sendo, in addition to being a partner, one of the companies in which Microsoft has invested a large amount of capital, after having canceled the plans for the production of a PocketPC-based phone by switching to Simbian, also sued the former partner.
At the center of the dispute, confirms the documentation presented to the court, the production of a system very similar to that which Sendo itself was developing by Taiwanese High Tech Computers.
"The speed with which this phone was produced – say Sendo's lawyers – is based on a single pillar: a secret project to loot Sendo's technology, convert it to its use, steal Sendo's customers and leave it without resources and on the bankruptcy "
If the reconstruction of the story made by Sendo was true, in fact, there would be something to suspect.
"Microsoft has invested $ 12 million in Sendo – the company's lawyers say – and promised a software (Stinger NDR) that has never delivered in a complete and functional form causing many postponements in the release of the phone" In December 2001 Microsoft would was asked to pay the $ 12 million investment but only the offer to lend $ 14 million came from Redmond, an offer accepted but never met by Microsoft. “While Sendo was asked to deliver a working phone for debt testing. Request that Sendo has met, investing $ 3.6 million and delaying the release of other products "
Precisely these phones would have served Microsoft, Sendo claims, to provide information to the competition while Redmond was declining, this time officially, to provide the promised investments of $ 12 million.
On the merits of the allegations, which Microsoft rejects entirely, the court will have to decide.