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First of all -- did I see a post on here saying that the people "launching rumors against MS" need to take responsibility? That seems odd.

This press release is a masterpiece. Here's the bit that sounds the best:

    We now believe that data loss affected a minority of Sidekick users
Possible Translation Given That Wording: 51% or more of our customers have kept their Sidekicks charged, so the data is still on their phone and they are not "affected" by data loss.

    We plan to begin restoring users’ personal data as 
    soon as possible, starting with personal contacts, 
    after we have validated the data and our restoration plan.
They haven't even begun restoring data. "Recovering" it from a hard drive in a broken cloud infrastructure is the same as recovering it from a broken physical hard drive -- if you ever find yourself doing that for your customers, and explaining that the situation is under control, you screwed up in ways that are difficult to fully expletize.

But then to brand this press release as

    MICROSOFT CONFIRMS DATA RECOVERY FOR SIDEKICK USERS
Whoa.

I suppose it's a necessary level of ass-hattery; the situation is entirely negative. Your mobile cloud infrastructure just lost peoples' data, and did it so spectacularly that your corporate partner fed you to the sharks; it's probably worse than a Blue Screen of Death during a product launch.

So that title is technically true. In that they are planning on trying to recover the data ("after we validate the data and our plan").

Beautiful, PR people.

slow clap.




Not sure what you're getting at. They didn't say "100% data recovery." In fact the release clearly says that some people might not get everything back.

But that's a pretty huge improvement over the previous release from T-Mobile stating that everything was lost for everyone, with almost no hope of recovery.




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