PalmOS is dead; Palm Pre is coming

Palm CEO Ed Colligan has announced that there will be no more PalmOS devices released by Palm. In 1996, I bought the U.S Robotics Palm Pilot 1000, a truly revolutionary product in its time. I was a software intern in Austin, TX, that summer, and have fond memories of coding for the Palm device using Metrowerks' Codewarrior for PalmOS. Because Metrowerks was in Austin, I walked into its headquarters to pick up my software order; they had it at the front desk -- a box with a yellow sticky on it that said, "Eric".

Finally, on July 12, 2005, I abandoned PalmOS (and all Treo devices) in favor of Blackberry. As innovators, Palm had been stagnant for years, and I just couldn't stand it anymore. All I wanted to do with my mobile device was communicate efficiently, and the Treo running PalmOS was riddled with problems.

Still, I used Palm devices for 9 years -- a significant chunk of my life. I look forward to seeing what Palm does with its new Palm Pre phone. Competition is good. :)