Microsoft has recently exploited two Smartphone devices, the Motorola MPx200 and Samsung i600. They run on the “Windows Mobile software for Smartphones.” a spin off of Microsoft Pocket PC with a ridiculously long name. The problem is the software is unbearably slow, a known incoming callers information would not be displayed on screen before the calls went to voice mail.
By Walter S. Mossberg, Wall Street Journal — “As cellphones add more features, one fact becomes increasingly clear: The cellphone makers stink at writing software. This wasn’t much of an issue when all people did on cellphones was to make voice calls. But with the addition of e-mail, Web browsing, photography and other functions to phones, user interfaces have become impenetrable.
Two companies, however, know something about how to write software for hand-held devices. They are PalmSource, which makes the Palm operating system, and Microsoft, which makes the Pocket PC operating system. Both are way ahead of cellphone makers in this area.
PalmSource and its partners have already shown they can do great cellphones. The brilliant Treo 600, from palmOne, uses the Palm operating system and is the gold standard in smart phones. Samsung’s less ambitious, but smaller, i500 is another very good Palm-based smart phone.”
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