The Zen Of Palm

from the it's-all-about-the-simplicity dept

A good look into the mindset of the folks at Palm, based on what they were saying at a recent developers conference. The main point is that they're keeping the Palm simple. They won't add lots of flashy, but mostly useless, extra features like those that are found on many CE devices. This keeps the Palm small, light weight, and simple. They know that this may piss off some developers who want extra features, but they believe this gives them a huge advantage. Microsoft's whole culture is based on cramming more features into any product and not about making the product simple and easy to use. That's why they think people prefer the Palm. I'm not totally convinced that's true. I think Palm has done a much more effective advertising job, and the flashier CE devices seem to be catching on a little more. To be honest the Palm speech sounds eerily reminiscent of Netscape execs claiming that Microsoft "just doesn't get it" when it came to browsers.
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