APRIL FOOLS: HP Drops Windows Mobile on Future iPAQs

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HP announced today that it will be dropping the Microsoft Windows Mobile operating system on future versions of it’s popular iPAQ handheld computer line. By 2005 all iPAQ personal digital assistants sold by HP will be running a customized version of Palm’s latest “Cobalt” operating system.

“We’ve realized that the Palm operating system offers superior multi-tasking, memory managment, and multimedia features which are important to bring our iPAQ PDAs to the next level in mobile computing.” says James Robinson, HP’s chief technology officer. “Our research indicates that consumers demand a high degree of flexibility in their mobile computers while retaining robust stability and ease-of-use. The Windows Mobile platform is just not flexible enough in terms of hardware capabilities and applications support.”

HP also intends to release a series of extremely small credit card sized iPAQs with greyscale screens running the Palm OS. “The Palm OS offers a much simpler user interface important for monochrome screens.” says Robinson.

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Adam Z. Lein
Adam has had interests in combining technology with art since his first use of a Koala pad on an Apple computer. He currently has a day job as a graphic designer, photographer, systems administrator and web developer at a small design firm in Westchester, NY. His love of technology extends to software development companies who have often implemented his ideas for usability and feature enhancements. Mobile computing has become a necessity for Adam since his first Uniden UniPro PC100 in 1998. He has been reviewing and writing about smartphones for Pocketnow.com since they first appeared on the market in 2002. Read more about Adam Lein!