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Sunday, February 04, 2007

BlackBerry + Google beats Windows Mobile

I spent a week hassling with a T-mobile Dash phone, taking a deep dive into Outlook, Exchange Server, and Windows Mobile. I figured I had just bought my last laptop because I’d be running everything from a handheld in a few years. I wanted to explore the state-of-the-art Windows support. Yech! Outlook is as nasty as ever.

Giving up on integrating my laptop and phone, I bought a BlackBerry Pearl which does the basics of phone and email beautifully. I’m seeking a way to get Oracle Calendar to download—the only other thing my Treo could do. I’m expecting Google Calendar to get there first.

Windows won’t survive the platform change to handhelds and the internet, just like the IBM and DEC mainframe software couldn’t survive the change to PC’s, and the old elk don’t survive the winter. The disruptive services—BlackBerry and Google Aps—will grow capabilities much more easily than Windows can slim down. Windows is being hit by a triple whammy: software bloat, the Innovator’s Dilemma, and the fact that Google’s twenty-year-old engineers are more savvy than Microsoft’s forty-year-olds.

posted by Jim Morris @ 1:14 PM 


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