Monday, September 19, 2016

Sidekick 98 Available

With Sidekick 98 working beautifully on Windows 10, it is clear that this old gem is far from dead.  

As many of you have asked, I am unable to find any commercial source for the software.  According to Wikipedia,

Starfish Software was founded in 1994 by Philippe Kahn (and his wife Sonia Lee), as a spin-off from the Simplify business unit from Borland and Kahn's severance from Borland. It was located in Santa Cruz, California.

Starfish developed intellectual property for device synchronization, especially for wireless devices. TrueSync was the first over-the-air synchronization system. Starfish was acquired by Motorola for $325 million in 1998.[1] The outspoken founding couple founded another company, LightSurf, in the same year, to develop mobile phone photograph technology.[2]

In 2000, the company helped start the SyncML Initiative to standardize synchronization communication protocols.[3] In March 2003, Starfish was acquired by Pumatech in San Jose, California, which was headed by turn-around CEO Woodson Hobbs.[4] Pumatech later changed its name to Intellisync, and was acquired by Nokia in 2005.[5]

Anything that ended up with Nokia back in 2005 is presumably forgotten.

The good news is that I have been able to put together a complete .zip file with all the original install disks, the patches that were released over the life of the product, the original user manual in .PDF format, and a set of instructions on how to install Sidekick 98 on XP, Windows 7, and Windows 10.  I am asking for a nominal fee to defray the costs of the website and my time.

To get the Sidekick 98 package, please click here


1 comment:

WindsurferLA said...

As a long time user of SideKick, at least since 1997, I found The history behind the company very interesting.. Thank You.

What continues to amaze me is that a twenty year old product still has a very significant following. Attention software product developers; please come up with an equivalent product that is likely to be compatible with MicroSoft operating systems beyond Windows10.