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Microsoft should buy Palm to resurrect Windows Mobile

Postby mpg187 » Mon Sep 28, 2009 2:14 pm

Here is an article I found:
http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/hiner/?p=2988

Here are my opinions:
Windows Mobile is the best Mobile OS. I don't know why you see ads (Commercials, Newspaper) for BlackBerry, iPhone, and a little for PALM and none for Windows Mobile when it's the best.

Windows Mobile beats iPhone for sure, anything does.

They should advertise Windows Mobile more

http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-13416- ... ID=3170562

Link on my forum
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Re: Microsoft should buy Palm to resurrect Windows Mobile

Postby SV Pocket PC » Tue Sep 29, 2009 7:30 am

This isn't the first time I've seen somebody advocate Microsoft buying Palm. Buying Palm for software technology and usability help might make some sense. I doubt Microsoft would replace Windows Mobile with WebOS, though. I'm not sure the architecture is as outdated as some people think (Palm OS didn't have multi-tasking, for example).

Even the Windows Mobile UI, while somewhat dated, isn't that bad. The MacOS UI dates back to 1984 and people still seem OK with much of it.

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Re: Microsoft should buy Palm to resurrect Windows Mobile

Postby mpg187 » Tue Sep 29, 2009 6:26 pm

Does iPhone use the Mac OS UI?

Doesn't palm have multitasking now?

Some people WM is clunky and slow...
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Re: Microsoft should buy Palm to resurrect Windows Mobile

Postby SV Pocket PC » Sat Oct 03, 2009 12:35 pm

mpg187 wrote:Does iPhone use the Mac OS UI?

I believe the iPhone uses a custom UI layer on top of MacOS.

mpg187 wrote:Doesn't palm have multitasking now?

WebOS has multi-tasking, but Palm OS never did. Palm tried to create a version of Palm OS with multi-tasking, but it never got released. I think that's one reason that Windows Mobile was able to overtake Palm in PDAs and smart phones.

mpg187 wrote:Some people WM is clunky and slow...

It is slow at times, but that may be because I multi-task a lot. Some people think that's one reason the Apple doesn't allow multi-tasking on the iPhone.

As far as being "clunky", I prefer to view it as "comfortable". :) Windows CE was almost identical to Windows 95. It had a real desktop, a traditional Start Menu, a task bar with system tray, a menu bar at the top of the screen, etc. That worked quite well on Handheld PCs, many of which had 640x240 HVGA displays. When Microsoft created the Palm-Size PC to compete with Palm's devices, they barely changed the UI (they did add the SIP virtual keyboard in the task bar), which didn't work as well on a portrait device. I believe that's one reason that Microsoft released the Pocket PC OS in 2000, which moved the menu bar to the bottom of the screen, moved the Start menu into the title bar and so on.

When people say that Windows Mobile is "clunky", I believe they're complaining about three main things:

  • It looks too much like Windows. However, that's not really true since Pocket PC 2000 came out, as I mentioned above. In addition, WM 5 Pocket PC adopted softkeys like on the Smartphone OS.

  • There are too many menus. That may be true, but I think they're really talking about traditional pop-up menus. Any sufficiently complicated system will require drilling down to access functions, and an icon-based menu is still a menu.

  • The stylus is required. Again, that's true, but not as bad as it sounds. I've been using my Samsung Omnia without a stylus most of the time fairly successfully using my fingernail. Yes, I miss a few times, especially when using smaller scroll bars (like when changing an appointment time in Calendar), but it's not unusable, either. I have addressed some of the shortcomings in my Windows Mobile New Year's Resolutions editorial.

    In addition, the stylus does have useful purposes, which I described in my Why Windows Mobile Needs A Stylus editorial.
I don't think the UI is that bad. Maybe if I used the iPhone, Android or WebOS more, I'd feel differently, of course. However, when I've tried to use the iPhone for typing, I found the backspace key was probably my most used key. ;)

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Re: Microsoft should buy Palm to resurrect Windows Mobile

Postby mpg187 » Sat Oct 03, 2009 10:54 pm

I seen a commercial about Palm Pre and multitasking.

What's cool on WM is you can use gestures to backspace if needbe...
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