I just saw that the Washington Post picked up on an Associated Press story with the headline PalmSource loses out with Treo. The headline is drawing the obvious conclusion based on the rumor that came true: Palm has closed a deal with Microsoft to build a Windows Mobile-based Treo. Of course, you could have found the same conclusion almost two months ago here on ZDNet. See Treo surfaces with Windows Mobile: PalmOS R.I.P. The AP story did have some good coffin nails though. For example, quotes from Palm CEO Ed Colligan saying:
It's about growth and about taking this whole category to the next level.....We think that this operating system offers some functionality that the Palm operating system doesn't necessarily have. Certainly it does some things better.
More recently, I wrote that PalmSource (the PalmOS company) was moved further into oblivion when it was acquired by a Japanese company that hardly anybody here in the US has ever heard of. Just to make sure credit goes to where credit is due, Engadget had the story back in August when it scored some videos of a prototype Treo 670 running the Windows Mobile OS. That was a great scoop for Jason Calacanis and gang over at Engadget parent Weblogs, Inc. and proof positive that the blogosphere is several light years ahead of the mainstream press on certain stories.