"It's easy to look back at Palm's story arc from 1992 to 2012 and feel a sense of loss and sadness — this was a company that pioneered PDAs, popularized smartphones, and developed a revolutionary new platform on limited resources with an extraordinary concentration of industry talent before meeting its demise at the hands of HP."
As an early adopter of Palm (thanks to Mr. Kesler, way back in the NCG days), this story really saddens me. My Palm experience included the Palm IIIx, Palm V (a fantastic device!), Treo 300, Treo 600, and Treo 650. There are so many things they got right early on, but simply failed to keep innovating. (Are you listening, RIM?)
Think about this: The beauty of Palm OS (back in the Palm/Treo days) was the simplicity and speed of the interface. It catered to business users (95% of the market), not techies (5% of the market). Windows CE (mobile) users criticized the device for a lack of home screen widgets (they stuck to a simple list of app icons) and lack of of true multitasking. Sound familiar?
A lesson for us all . . . ignoring the onslaught of the growing technology trends due to user demands and market innovation, while keeping the technology simple and user friendly, increases the risk of being obsolete within a few short years of cresting the mountain peak of success.