Thursday, January 05, 2006

It's All Gone PalmOne

(with apologies to Frankie Wilde)
The first Windows-based version of Palm Inc.’s popular Treo will be available to subscribers of U.S. wireless operator Verizon Communications Inc. from Thursday, Palm announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

First announced in September, the Treo 700w is the first version of the handset to run Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Mobile software...

Now, to be fair, as much as I dislike Microsoft on principle, I make no predictions about the success or quality of this new product. I'm just lamenting the actual, tangible demise of the Palm OS.

I had been holding out some hope that someone more clever would figure out how to save Palm from themselves, but it looks like they've already given up. When even the parent abandons the child-- well, it's all gone wrong.

I'm currently using a Sony CLIE, and when it dies, I'll probably upgrade to some kind of "smart phone". What I really want is a decent mobile web browser, so I can just go online and do whatever "organizing" I need to do (email, calendar, task lists, etc.) with real services instead of shrunken-down versions.

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