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ZDNet: Why Palm Keeps Beating Windows CE Hands Down

Nov 17, 1999, 16:41 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jesse Berst)

"In the race to lead our wireless handheld future, darkhorse Palm swiftly became the frontrunner. Snatching first place from the incumbent Microsoft before Windows CE could even start campaigning. ... Palm and Microsoft are fighting to control the post-PC era. Where devices such as cell phones, handhelds and even cars will all connect to the Internet."

Lack of hardware support. Philips recently announced that it would no longer create the CE-based Nino. Other companies that have scrapped CE-based products include Sharp, NEC and Motorola. ...

Delays. PCWeek recently reported that the next version, Windows CE 3.0 is in early testing and will probably miss Microsoft's original target to ship by the end of the year. ...

Additional TCO. A recent study by the GartnerGroup indicates that the total cost of ownership (TCO) for Windows-CE-based devices was $100 more per unit than other PDAs."

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