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ZDNet: CE losing Palm arm wrestle

Nov 06, 1999, 00:40 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carmen Nobel)

"As the Palm OS continues to grow in popularity, some handheld hardware makers are abandoning rival Microsoft's... Windows CE. To compound matters, the Redmond, Wash., company is falling short in its efforts to simplify an operating system that developers say is too complex for palm-size devices."

"The main attraction of the new palm-size operating system version, code-named Rapier, is supposed to be a simplified GUI that takes a lesson from 3Com Corp.'s Palm OS. But, according to some developers testing Version 3.0, changes to the GUI are superficial at best."

"NEC... scrapped plans for developing a palm-size CE device after building a prototype two years ago. Motorola Inc. entertained developing software for CE two years ago but decided against... Last month, consumer electronics giant Philips Mobile Computing Group, of Campbell, Calif., announced it was dropping its Nino line of CE devices..."

"As Microsoft struggles with CE, the Palm OS from 3Com's Palm Computing division has become the hands-down favorite in the palm-size market. Palm OS is expected to grab 80 percent of the market for palm-size PCs this year, according to International Data Corp., in Framingham, Mass., while Microsoft's market share will remain stagnant at about 13 percent."

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