Treo surfaces with Windows Mobile: PalmOS R.I.P.

Treo surfaces with Windows Mobile: PalmOS R.I.P.

Summary: For a long time, because of its failure to hitch its wagon to one of the primary development wagons (Java or .NET), I've been predicting that the PalmOS from PalmSource (the Palm operating system company) is on its way to becoming totally irrelevant if not dead altogether.

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For a long time, because of its failure to hitch its wagon to one of the primary development wagons (Java or .NET), I've been predicting that the PalmOS from PalmSource (the Palm operating system company) is on its way to becoming totally irrelevant if not dead altogether.  Although I can't guarantee that it's not a hoax (the videos look darn convincing), Engadget has a report showing the forthcoming Treo 670 running the Windows Mobile operating system.  There's no going back now.  Cue the music please.  Yes, Dust in the Wind by Kansas.  Thanks to Jason Calacanis for the link.

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  • They already adopted Intel processors a while ago

    This is just the next logical step.
    george_ou
  • another one bites the dust

    might be more appropriate, and definately a more rockin' song.
    pesky_z
    • So, will Microsoft be singing...

      "We are the champions" next?

      db
      dberlind
  • I'll stick with Palm, thank you anyway.

    The Axim or iPaq may allow for better battery life via larger cases, but for me I'm sticking with a solid, reliable platform that's less likely to be compromised by, you guessed it, viruses and worms.

    Indeed, Microsoft could go into the prophylactics market and wipe out the competition solely out of brand name recognition. Unfortunately, would you rely on such a product from MICROSOFT? I mean, this totally redefines "security hole"... No, but you'll buy it anyway because everybody else does. The lemming mentality, I do not want it. Sorry.
    HypnoToad
    • You do realize, of course...

      ... that there are many more viruses for the Palm than Windows PPC? Google it, my friend.
      Confused by religion
  • Too early to tell

    Whatever it is, it's not even in production yet, so it's too early to tell if they'll change it or not before it becomes available to the public.
    CobraA1
  • Thanks Steve

    for selling your soul to the devil and murdering the Apple Newton. Now M$ has the handheld OS market all to itself. Was it worth the $150 million, Steve?

    BTW Steve, now that Newton OS is 8 years out of date, can you release the source now? Just what were the TERMS of that devil deal?
    Roger Ramjet
  • So how long does Blackberry have left?

    It's just a matter of time. Windows for phones beats Blackberry/RIM on all fronts --> ease of use, set up and features.
    robertd@...
  • Maybe it's a threat?

    Palm might not see much of a future trying to go it alone against the beast of Redmond. The PalmOS might well be dead. But switching to Windows mobile is just digging the grave deeper. Microsoft will pick who wins and who loses with Winmobile, and there is no reason to believe that somehow Palm executives are now on Chairman Bill's bar-b-que invite short list.

    I'm wondering if the Winmobile demo isn't a message to Sun and IBM? Sun in particular can't allow a .NET device monopoly to cut into the Java enterprise endeavor.

    A few years ago David Berlind was writing about the SavaJE J2SE OS. IIRC, his recommendation to Sun was to buy SavaJE, open source the OS and Java Libs, and knock the living daylights out of the phone-PDA convergence device marketplace. Palm at the time was in slow mo with their support for Java anyway, and if there was no indication at the time that Palm would wise up and buy HandSpring.

    I continue to wonder why Microsoft would engage in systematic practices that are both illegal and thoroughly reprehensible, when their competitors are so seemingly brain dead?

    ~ge~

    C'mon Sir Timothy. Get done with it and GPL XML
    garyedwards@...