The Register: HP mulls dropping WinCE for Palm or Linux
Feb 22, 2001, 12:42 (10 Talkback[s])
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"...Interviewed by CNET, Morris said that Journada has failed to
reach its true potential, despite being what he calls a strong
product. In short, it hasn't been selling very well. True,
Microsoft's Windows CE - the OS Journada is currently based upon -
saw its marketshare rise slightly last month (see yesterday's
story, PocketPC wins marketshare from Palm ), but that's more a
sign of Palm's success over the Christmas sales period than growing
support for the Microsoft platform. HP's share of the PDA market
rose to three per cent between December 2000 and January, according
to US retail market watcher PC Data."
"Palm's dominant marketshare has clearly got Morris
thinking. And 23 years spent at Motorola, maker of the Palm
platform's Dragonball processor, may well have influenced his
decision too. That said, he's also wondering whether Linux might
make a better alternative, so he's clearly not pro-Palm so much as
"Actually, Linux may well prove a better choice for HP, simply
because it's both more powerful than the current PalmOS, cheaper
and probably easier to port to Journada's existing hardware design.
Then again, it lacks the PDA-oriented features and apps that have
made Palm so successful."