All the BlackBerry Hubbub Surrounding Treo

It amazes me that now that Mobile windows has now discovered the Treo, and has announced a windows based project for next year, that the BlackBerry software folks are also jumping ship over the the Treo. BlackBerry does a great job with email, but they stumbled a bit when they added voice. Treo does it better, collectively speaking.

I must admit I never expected this response from what I always considered to be the stiffest competition for Treo — BlackBerry and Windows Mobile products. So does this now mean that Palm will be supporting the palm platform (for the Blackberry stuff) and the Windows platform and a rumored release of Linux for the device as well?

Will the Treo become the shell device for the ultimate customization — beginning with the very operating system and then spreading out to programs and options as well?

Does this mean that the Treo is going to be the “gotta have” device for the masses in 2006? I’d say Palm investors are betting on it.

Or does it mean that Palm is trying to do so many different things that it will do none well? Will the Mac vs PC mentality in the Treo options limit the possible success?

So far, the product is excellent. It’s not perfect, of course, and it has some of the bugs that all computer hardware and software carry — and that’s complicated by various cellular carriers with their own versions of firmware, but it’s still an excellent product.

Does the partnership trend mean that Palm and partners will delegate the “I do what I do best and you do what you do best” philosophy and end up with a superior product to meet the needs of a more demanding user population? I hope so.

I’m a firm believer in specialization, in the power of specialists working together to create something beyond what any single generalist could do alone — and I see a ray of light in all the news I’m reading about the Treo — and it’s the light that comes from seeing past the petty “yours and mine” and creating a product to be considered “ours.”

I’m starting to warm to the idea of having a windows version — as long as it is an option, and not a replacement OS. I may even try it at some point… just out of morbid curiosity. I still salivate for a Linux version, and that probably won’t change. But the indications are that the customization for this device and it’s “grandchildren” will be the key to an unheard of longevity.

I hope so. But, like you, I’ll have to wait and see.

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