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In the Palm of HP's Hand

Years ago I read a book, "Piloting Palm," which chronicled why the Palm handhelds were so dang hot. Turns out founder Jeff Hawkins was obsessed with creating the most efficient, not the most feature-rich interface possible. Palm simply worked better and ran longer -- and much this was based on what seemed to be minor design decisions.

Hawkins has long since left, and Palm has slipped greatly.

HP thinks it can bring Palm back and paid just north of a billion dollars for the company. The company is serious about Palm and plans to invest big bucks to move Palm's webOS to more devices and platforms.

Have you used Palm? What would it take for you to come back? What's your mobile device of choice? Answers to any and all questions welcome at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on April 30, 2010 at 11:53 AM


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