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PalmSource remains committed to Mac

updated 09:40 am EST, Fri February 13, 2004

PalmSource Mac solutions

Mac customers in the next version of the Palm OS. "Palm OS provides an open and flexible architecture and allows its licensees to decide whether to ship a Mac compatibility solution with their Palm Powered device. One such solution is provided by Mark/Space," PalmSource said in a statement given to Macworld UK. "We are continuing our efforts with Apple to provide compatibility between Palm OS and Macintosh."




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    A glass of water

    You cannot extinquish a fire with a glass of water.

    That statement from PalmSource seems like bulls**t to me.

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    remains committed ?

    Exatly HOW do they remain committed ?
    By doing WHAT ?

    Smells like BS...

    -t

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    So, who pays?

    Since palm is dropping its support for the mac and requiring us to purchase a third party solution, then is it safe to say that buying a palm powered device will now always be more expensive than using it with a PC? Will they include it with our purchase or offer a rebate? Probably not, and the mac market is not important to them.

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    ripe

    Apple is ripe to be dropped from support.

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    Cheaper

    So, since they aren't supporting macintosh desktop apps, do I get to buy the palm cheaper without the windoz desktop apps? Seems fair right?

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    hey palm

    dropping support isn't showing committment.

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    Yeah right...

    ... thats like saying we allow import & export capability form our product so we support linux, Be, unix, txt, yada, yada - the cat's out of the bag... It's not support it's just non-proprietary! Wow!

    Just one more reason to switch...

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    Everyone email PalmSource

    Here's the email I just sent - I couldn't find a decent place on their website that seemed appropriate, so I sent it to their sales area:

    Since you've just announced that OS 6 will not be supporting Macs, I will just assume that when I am able to buy an OS 6 device I will be entitled to a rebate to cover the cost of the 3rd party software I will need to purchase to make it work on my Mac. Since your press release on the matter indicates that your stated position is for Mac users to get their support elsewhere, I see no reason to pay for the CD coasters of Windows software that you choose to bundle with your products when I can't use it. Clearly you are dropping support of the Mac for cost reasons, which also says that part of the purchase price of a PalmOS device covers the cost of the included software. If I can't use the software, I should get a rebate. If not, I'm sure you've just lost the majority of Mac Palm users - I certainly won't be upgrading to an OS 6 device without a rebate that will cover the cost of getting the support for Mac I should get in the box, and I know a lot of other Mac users that feel the same way.

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    Of course we're importan

    Mainly when we shell over the money to buy their products. After that we can go stand in a mud puddle as far as their concerned...

    As I stated in another thread, it's a moot point. Smart phones that sync via iSync with Address Book and iCal are the wave of the future. Palm is increasingly becoming an afterthough, as shown by sales figures which indicate smart phones are actually outselling PDAs.

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    Yeah, right

    Fortunately, Apple already has its own PDA running OS X-native software. It's called the iPod.

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