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HP: WebOS will enhance Windows on PCs of the future

In the recap moments of HP's Think Beyond event last week, company executives quickly mentioned that WebOS - the mobile operating system that the company inherited with the Palm acquisition - would be found in a number of products, including PCs. That, of course, left me wondering: What does that mean for Microsoft Windows?

February 15, 2011 by

Microsoft and HP: Love on the rocks?

When Microsoft announced it was pulling the plug on its Itanium support earlier this year, I wondered whether there was any pushback from HP, a long-time Itanium backer. But given this week's turn of events -- with HP buying Palm and rumors that HP might not come to market with its Windows 7 slate -- many industry watchers are wondering whether the long-time Microsoft-HP love affair has gone sour.

April 30, 2010 by

Palm-HP: Microsoft bites bigtime

Hewlett-Packard on Wednesday pulls out $1.2 billion and goes all in with a bet for Palm. Most analysts say the buyout is for Palm's WebOS operating system. While PC-market fingers will point to Apple and its iPhone OS as the potential losers, the real dunce cap must be placed on Microsoft. And the winner? Apple.

April 28, 2010 by

Microsoft at The Mall

Not surprisingly, the Microsoft Stores run on Windows. Over the last few months Apple has been switching from using Windows CE handhelds to modified iPod Touches for its EasyPay system in the Apple Store, where you don't have to walk up to a till to buy something.

December 3, 2009 by

Holiday Gift Guide 2009: Smartphones

The lineup of cell phones has expanded a bit, but a significant number of what we see in that category are updates to existing models. The real innovation in the mobile phone world is in the area of smartphones where we see the Apple iPhone, Palm WebOS, Google Android, RIM BlackBerry, and Microsoft Windows Mobile devices taking us to places we have never been before. This holiday season there is a huge selection for you to choose from on every carrier and several exciting devices will be launching throughout November. There are so many to choose from that we can't cover them all here so I will present you with one smartphone from each carrier and one SIM-unlocked one.

November 1, 2009 by

Exchange on Sprint HTC Hero is good, but nothing beats Windows Mobile

One of the reasons I keep going back to Windows Mobile devices, like my T-Mobile Touch Pro2, is because the Exchange experience has always stood out from the pack. The iPhone and Palm Pre offer Exchange clients, thanks to licensing Microsoft EAS technology, but there are still a couple of capabilities lacking (meeting with attendee creation for one) that keep me going back to a WM device. I am testing a Sprint HTC Hero (review will be here Monday) and discovered that the included Exchange experience on this device is better in some respects than what a Windows Mobile device can offer, but a few key capabilities still hold it back. As I stated back when I was trying to figure out if one device could meet our desire to have a slick UI and all necessary functionality I chose the HTC Hero to be that devices and now as I get more and more hands-on time with it my statement seems justified. Let's take a look at why I think the Exchange experience is better for many people on the Hero than on other mobile devices.

October 2, 2009 by

Microsoft Pink: 'Just a Sidekick' or more?

Ever since Gizmodo published photos of two alleged Microsoft Pink phones (codenamed "Turtle" and "Pure,") I've heard repeated refrains of "That's it?" Really? A weak Palm-Pre knock-off and a generic sliding-keyboard design?

September 24, 2009 by

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