Monday, January 1, 2001

PalmSource 2000 in review

Conclusion

Schiffer's Palm Vx aside, the overall theme of this year's PalmSource was not on new devices, but on licensing the Palm OS to new hardware manufacturers and on increasing and improving wireless Internet access. As competition increases, Palm believes its best bet for remaining king of the handheld marketplace is by putting the focus on software and wireless services. The danger some critics see in the changes being made in Palm OS 4.0 and 5.0 is that Palm may alienate some of its longtime fans by sacrificing the highly valued simplicity of the operating system. However, Yankowski maintains that even as these new features and services are added, the key to staying on top is in keeping things simple. Here's hoping Palm continues its great success at treading that very fine line.