Palm seeks software boost with Be buy. Palm was not one of the suitors I expected for Be at all. On the other hand, this might give Palm the foothold in the appliance market they need to counter Windows CE’s range from set tops to handhelds. I’ve been reading Breaking Windows, and one thing that it impressed upon me is the success of the Windows Everywhere strategy. It’s tough to fight against an opponent that helps it’s developers leverage a wider range of devices. When reading this section of the book, the first thing that popped into my mind was Palm’s eroding market share. In this case, however, it’s not a question of Microsoft leveraging the desktop monopoly. They have actually out innovated Palm and it’s partners in the last year. Palm’s lack of innovation is something I was commenting on last month.
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