Has anyone else noticed is the alarming lack of progress in the
Microsoft-based PDA arena in the last few years?
Things seem to be getting increasingly worse as time progresses... The
group has been slow to show results, so they are getting less assets,
which makes it harder to show results, etc., etc. It now looks like
Microsoft is focusing on expanding XP into the "embedded" market,
which could have ramifications in the PDA-type application area...
Another telling sign is the lack of progress with PDA-specific
processor technology over the last few years, while there have been
HUGE breakthrus with laptop processor technology in just the last year
alone(the new Pentium "M" processor kicks ass)... laptops are getting
so fast, small, and light, that it is foreseeable that Intel and
Microsoft have come to the joint conclusion that it doesn't make sense
to have a seperate set of hardware and software for PDAs, and that it
has come time to dump(MSFT) or refocus(INT) the efforts of these two
Unless these old PDA boys don't start showing some progress, I think
we might see further belt-tightening by MSFT and INT in inventments in
PocketPC OS/CE/.NET CF and PDA-relaated XScale within the year, and
that will pretty much be the end of the line, as far as improvements
in those product lines are concerned. They'll just leave things
pretty "as is", and invest in broadening the application base of their
higher-level products (Embedded XP and Pentium "M").