Monday, January 17, 2005

Why the PPC is outt'a luck

There is an old song called Gangsta's Paradise-and it has a verse that some deem fit to PocketPC's-I see that my life is outta luck, fool.
When you consider the recent development in the handheld PC sector, you will notice a new kid on the block-Microcomputers like Sony's QOQ. These systems are PDA-sized, but run a full version of Windows XP. While their purpose can be discussed(more on this another day), they look like a lovely source of income because Windows XP is quite expensive when licenced. In addition, the software needed for working(Word, Outlook,OneNote,..) costs more $ because it isn't integrated into the OS-and will usually be bought at Microsoft's.
PPC users are more-less used to waiting-so the change to their Desktop OS will not be as big as when a Palm User switches. Also consider the third-party landscape. While PalmOS and PocketPC 200x are more-less on par if applications are concerned, Windows XP kills PalmOS in this aspect.
Also, there are more drivers available for Windows XP then for both PDA operating systems together.
Let's face it, PocketPC buyers. Those of you who wanted a full Windows XP in their hand will no more buy one of the VGA handhelds-they will get one of these tiny tablet PC's. Microsoft has little reason to keep on developing their dedicated PDA OS. While real-time and smartphone branches will definitely survive, I expect PocketPC to loose importance in the next year in favour of tiny TabletPCs. While this change doesn't need to be permanent(we already had it once)-it definitely is bad news for a high-end PPC buyer.
What do you think?


Blogger Ron said...

Did PPC ever have any relevance? I mean as a PDA OS, it pretty much fails every test. It's slow, requires more hardware and has poorer battery life.

My company decided to "standardize" on Microsoft products and they suggested that people who wanted PDAs get WinCE over Palm. Well, guess what? Those of us who bought Palm use our PDAs every day while the majority of those who bought WinCE leave them at their desks.

The other people who purchased WinCE never use them at the end of the day because their battery is about dead (and we all know what happens when a WinCE battery dies - complete amnesia - reload from last back up). While I am listening to MP3s on my Palm on the ride home.

I agree with you on the tablet PCs. It seems that most people who bought WinCE PDAs wanted a pocket-sized desktop. These people really want something midway between a PDA and a laptop.

The problem is, as you said "Windows XP is quite expensive when licenced". If tablet PCs take off, they will quickly change to Linux - where the software is free.

11:32 PM  
Blogger Tom Frauenhofer said...

PPC is dead only insofar as Microsoft is merging it into the "Windows Mobile" brand. While I agree about usability of Palm OS versus Windows Mobile devices, I think that the problem Palm (PalmOne, PalmSource, whatever) has had is about connectivity, especially WiFi. Until you can get WiFi as a part of your everyday Palm OS experience Windows Mobile/PPC still has its foot in the door. (Of course this is assuming the continued existence of a handheld market, with I do believe will exist but is becoming much more niche - WiFi is going to be crucial to succeed in this market, IMHO.)

(And the kicker is that the Palm OS WiFi implementations are better than the Windows Mobile/PPC implementations to boot, based on various benchmarks!)

3:44 PM  
Blogger Tam Hanna said...

Hi all,
another load of interesting comments to a TamsPalm article. Thank you all for the effort once again! Really, don't you want to become my co-authors;-P?

Well, I personally think that all these WINXP-based Tablets and blahblah are gonna be very shortlived. We had that a few years ago-a handheld will always be slower than a Desktop PC-and Desktop (Wind)OSSes are optimized for Desktops.... That will IMHO never change!
But-this will be covered soon too!
Best regards to you all
Tam Hanna

9:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


"There are none so blind as those who will not see."

Gartner Says WinCE Out-Shipped the Palm OS in Q3
November 12, 2004

Worldwide PDA shipments exceeded 2.8 million units, as Gartner Claims that for the first time Microsoft Windows CE licensees out shipped the Palm OS for the first time. Yet palmOne still retains the leading spot during a declining quarter.

The Microsoft Windows CE operating system accounted for 48.1 percent of worldwide PDA shipments in third quarter of 2004. Palm OS units represented 29.8 percent of the market, down from 46.9 percent market share in the same period last year (see table 1).

"The robust Microsoft Windows CE market has been driven in part by the wide choice of vendors," said Todd Kort, principal analyst in Gartner's Computing Platforms Worldwide group. "Business customers tend to steer clear of markets dominated by a single supplier, which is where the Palm OS market stands today."

"A decline in Palm OS shipments was expected in the third quarter of 2004, but not of this magnitude," Mr. Kort said. "The company is pouring the vast majority of its resources into its smartphone business. A reduction in the number of PDA models palmOne offers is expected in 2005."

6:33 PM  
Blogger Tam Hanna said...

thank you for the interesting statistics. Each week, we get statistics that say something different. The gartner one is said to be more-less M$ sponsored, as they are said to have left out Treos et al.

But-I wasn't discussing the Palm OS market share as whole. I intended to discuss the migration stream inside of M$ market share from Windows CE to Windows XP.
Thank you for the comment anyway
Tam Hanna

6:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The trend is clear, Palm is screwed.

Start learning PPC. It is YOUR future.

2:51 AM  
Blogger Tam Hanna said...

the trend is really clear. Keep trolling and get your IP banned!
Best Regards
Tam Hanna

P.s. I do not want so silence criticis here. But posting a tupid one-liner as an anser simply p.... me off. I put lots of effort into this blog-so why cant you put some in your comments too?

2:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good things, when short, are twice as good. ~Baltasar Gracian, The Art of Worldly Wisdom

It is with words as with sunbeams. The more they are condensed, the deeper they burn. ~Robert Southey

It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what other men say in whole books - what other men do not say in whole books. ~Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols

Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit,
And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes,
I will be brief.
~William Shakespeare, Hamlet

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do. ~Thomas Jefferson

12:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good things, when short, are twice as good. ~Baltasar Gracian, The Art of Worldly Wisdom

It is with words as with sunbeams. The more they are condensed, the deeper they burn. ~Robert Southey

It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what other men say in whole books - what other men do not say in whole books. ~Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols

Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit,
And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes,
I will be brief.
~William Shakespeare, Hamlet

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do. ~Thomas Jefferson

12:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello everyone, I am very sorry for what I wrote up there. You guys are right, I didn´t understand what you were writing and I just wanted to say what is important to me: "PCC is great, and I love it."

To the Anonymous citation master:
Maybe you shouldn´t use the anonymous function to post, since then others might start to post messages in your "name". But wise as you are, will you quote a few wise men from the past to show that everything has been said already and that you have a vast knowledge:-)

Just a comment,

3:13 PM  
Blogger Tam Hanna said...

Hi croCo,
actually, you aren't as wrong. some things in the PPC OS are definitely impressive, but well, I hate bloating. I do not know why, but bloating tends to make me extremely aggressive(and I feel it very well).
Have fun staying around here(and mail me if you wanna contribute an article)!
Tam hanna

7:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd have to say this has very little bearing on the high-end PocketPC buyer. I've owned a palm (1st gen), Cassiopeia E-10, E-105, Ipaq 3630, 3870, and an Axim x50v. All except for the palm and the E-10, I would consider high-end.

The oqo has barely been a blip on my radar screen. I don't think I'm looking for a little windows computer, as much as highly functional, highly compatible, digital companion to my pc. In order for the oqo to be considered against the PocketPC it would need a much lower price and a revamped user interface and software built for a small screen. Just shrinking the icons is not enough. I use my PocketPC most often held and utilized comfortably in one hand. Although, admittedly, I have not held one, the oqo seems to be design for two. Although it may do well in certain niche markets, I don't see it gaining general acceptance.

-- PhillyPocket

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