Palm drops Windows Mobile from future plans, WebOS only focus

Palm drops Windows Mobile from future plans, WebOS only focus

Summary: I was wondering what Palm's plans were with Windows Mobile now that they have the Palm WebOS Pre out with other WebOS devices coming soon, but have to admit I was a bit caught off guard by the statement that PreCentral picked up during the Palm earnings call. As you can see in the quote below, Jon Rubinstein made it clear that there will be no more Palm Windows Mobile devices.

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I was wondering what Palm's plans were with Windows Mobile now that they have the Palm WebOS Pre out with other WebOS devices coming soon, but have to admit I was a bit caught off guard by the statement that PreCentral picked up during the Palm earnings call. As you can see in the quote below, Jon Rubinstein made it clear that there will be no more Palm Windows Mobile devices.

Due to importance of webOS to our overall strategy, we've made the decision to dedicate all future develoment resources to the evolution of webOS. Which means that going forward, our roadmap will include only Palm webOS-based devices.

I still have and thoroughly enjoy using my Windows Mobile powered Palm Treo Pro and am a bit disappointed by the news. Then again, with the slowness of Microsoft to respond to the mobile market (Palm should be used to that with their Palm OS experience) and with the innovative WebOS it is better for Palm to focus rather than stay too spread out.

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  • It really means....

    they can't afford to license 3rd-party software, what with them scrambling to get their business back out of the toilet.
    Joe_Raby
  • very wrong step for Palm that will eventually bankrupt them

    Palm is trying to squeeze in to the iphone space and forsee the future with WebOs. it so sad they don't understand the future is both. the windows Mobile platform is used by the federal government and fortune 500 companies and all their applications are windows based. they will lose their market share they worked so hard to achieve just trying to be trendy. get it in your head - all this "web os" type from them and others like google are worthless as it depend on a hugly un reliabe internet. bad connections, and no service zones. they will go the way on the Netboos after the next large scale internet catastrophy.
    WinMacLinux
    • Meaningless.

      "the windows Mobile platform is used by the federal government and fortune 500 companies"

      The BlackBerry is also used by the government and Fortune 500 companies.

      Symbian OS phones are also used by the government and Fortune 500 companies.

      Your "point" about the government and Fortune 500 companies is meaningless. That's a lot of companies, and the government has a lot of branches. Most of them will just give out a work phone that works with their system. They don't put a whole lot of thought into what OS the phone has.

      "Fortune 500" and "government" is [b]not[/b] equivalent to "picky about cell phone products."

      "they will lose their market share they worked so hard to achieve just trying to be trendy."

      No, they won't.

      "all this 'web os' type from them and others like google are worthless as it depend on a hugly un reliabe internet"

      Not necessarily. Android (the name for Google's phone OS) uses Java, and as a Java dev I know it works offline with no issues.

      WebOS stores its applications and for those that support it, should work offline as well.

      I am of the belief that we are ultimately headed towards a hybrid system that syncs when online and continues to work offline. The web [b]does[/b] offer many advantages, and I really can't ignore them.

      But I agree with you in saying that it's unrealistic to assume we'll reach 100% online sometime in the future.
      CobraA1
      • MS focuses on this...

        MS has focused on Online/Offline sync rather than requiring online connectivity for quite some time. They have a good head start of the competition who seems to be more focused on continuous connections. Especially when you look at something like Chrome OS.

        Mesh will wind up being a pretty big deal once all the clients are working and you can sync data and apps across many platforms.
        LiquidLearner
  • you are a funny guy

    "...I still have and thoroughly enjoy using my Windows Mobile
    powered Palm Treo Pro..."

    you are joking, right? you can't mean that seriously.
    bannedfromzdnetagain
    • Dead serious, Treo Pro is a sweet piece of hardware

      Windows Mobile gives me the best Exchange experience on a mobile device and this is important to me. The Treo Pro has been a rock solid performer in a slim form factor with a very usable QWERTY keyboard. It has a touch screen for when I need it, but it works well without it so I rarely do even touch it. I was hoping to see Palm continue to create nice WM devices.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
      • "sweet piece of hardware"

        So what's to stop them putting Web OS on it?
        Or are you talking about software?
        T25
        • Sounded like both

          WebOS doesn't match WinMo in Exchange support, which is a big feature for the majority of WinMo users.
          LiquidLearner
  • Actually, they can sell Word

    You have to read up, the stay was overtuned, That had to have been the worst news that Open Office could have gotten.

    Ms isn't suffering a slow death, more of an uptick, as Win7 and Server 2008 getting some nice reviews, ect.

    Problem is, If MS would to dissapear, people would then step over Linux to get to OSX.

    HAWW!!!
    AllKnowingAllSeeing
  • Smell you later PALM... RIP

    Classic example of cya for one really bad decision starting a cascade of bad descisions.

    Wasting massive amounts of time and money they didnt have on webos was a fiasco. Now piling on this futile attempt to hide how stupid that was. Anyone who has any financial interest in PALM should be working very hard to oust sr management because the board is obviously not being diligent.

    Dont worry MM there's dozens of great WM6.5 devices out very soon and dozens of even greater WM7 ones around the corner.

    Unfortunately youll need to say goodbye to your moniker because I don't think there's any hope that theyll wake up in time to stay solvent, let alone relevent...
    Johnny Vegas
    • How is it a fiasco? (nt)

      nt = no text
      CobraA1
  • Worse for Palm or worse for WinMo?

    I don't buy the "focus" argument. Most mature companies can successfully focus on several things.

    Palm needs money. The ONLY reason they would drop WinMo is that it's losing money. Hopefully they have enough cash (or can raise enough) to make it through the transition to WebOS-only. The OS is to good to fail.

    But I think it's worse for WinMo. It's always better to be the one to break up, than the one to be broken up with. It looks like Palm is saying, "Sorry, Microsoft...it's not you -- it's me!"

    That said, perception is reality. Neither Palm appearing to get smaller nor WinMo appearing to lose partners is going to help either company.
    rynning
  • Bye Bye Palm

    The ONLY thing that would have made me consider Palm is a WinMo OS.

    Looks like it's amateur time again...
    tonymcs@...
  • RE: Palm drops Windows Mobile from future plans, WebOS only focus

    I went over 3 years with my Treo 700w working just fine. I finally rpelaced it this past week with an HTC Touch Pro 2. It took THAT much in hardware/new features/etc to get me away from my Treo. I paid $99 for the HTC TP2 versus over $300 for the 700w but I got my money's worth.
    djlong
  • I don't get it with the current Talkback crowd . . .

    I don't really get it - what's wrong with WebOS? Why do so many in the Talkbacks hate it?
    CobraA1
    • Well, I'd offer the opinion that...

      The majority of the posters are NBM, with a smaller number favouring Apple or *nux.

      That means that dropping Windows Mobile is a "win" for one "side" and a "loss" for the other. Ergo, both sides are going to be lame.

      That being said, as far as I know WebOS is being received fairly well by enterprise users so it in all likelihood doesn't suck. That and not having to pay the licensing fees could well make Palm's offerings cheaper and as (at least as??) good as their competition. A gamble, but better than fluffing around trying to look relevant doing the "same old thing."

      Note also that I am of the opinion that the people who dreamed up and implemented the cell/smart phone concept should rot in hell for eternity and then be forced to watch reruns of it all. They probably also caused global warming etc as well. Not that I have an opinion or anything!
      zkiwi
    • What's wrong with WebOs?

      Nothing is wrong with WebOs, it is a wonderful, excellent operating system.

      But in leaving Windows OS, it is somewhat losing the enterprise market (For example, I develop invoicing, GPS pointing, etc. in Visual Basic .NET for our company on Pocket PCs). See another hand held manufacturer, Psion, who also makes Windows devices, even though they made the Symbian OS.

      I think it is more of a resources and cost containment issue in difficult times.
      Roque Mocan
  • HAAA HAAAA.....

    Win Mobile is dead.
    itanalyst2@...
    • Not at all, nor will it spell the end of

      Palm. It would be inetersting to see what percentage of Palms sell with WinMobile vs their OS.

      Could be that they need to tweak every last sale out of their OS to lend validity to it. It would be an embarresment if more Palms sold with WinMobile then their OS
      GuidingLight
    • Not funny.

      WinMo is obviously losing money for Palm. The decision has nothing to do with needing to "focus." Palm needs cash.

      But we need WinMo to continue to a viable platform two reasons: 1) corporations need them for custom apps they've built over the years. 2) competition is always good for consumers.

      I agree WinMo is losing steam, but I wouldn't call it dead.
      rynning