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Digital Assistant. Did it exist
After coming back
from CES, and having done Comdex at the end of last year, I would have to say
that PALM is responsible for breathing real life into the PDA market… if not
out and out creating it. Without a
doubt, PALM took the "World Of Organizers" into true Digital
Before PALM, there
were PDA's. We just called them
Organizers they did a great job. You
could keep all your names and phone numbers in them.
Keep track of appointments. Even keep some random notes in them.
For a long time the only main players in the game were Sharp and Psion.
The other "Organizers" on the market were just basic electric
Then came PALM and
a new name. When PALMs came out the
name Personal Digital Assistant was born. The
term "Organizer", started to die.
The first PALMs did a lot more then the old Organizers did.
But for the most part, no one used them for much more than the old
That was really all you could do with them.
The ability to do more was there, but not the real software, or hardware.
The date was 1996, and a new way of dealing with information was being
born. Just like with personal
computers, in the beginning the PALM and its operating system had the ability
for a great future, but at first there simply was not a lot available in
usability options for most use.
similar development to the personal computer market, the first PALM’s had a
hard core group of fans that put a lot of work into developing software programs
to get more and more out of their new PDA's.
So, things just
kept growing and growing. And grow
they did. The personal digital
assistant market has more players then ever before.
I know of just under 30 companies now making a PDA in one form or
another. In fact Toshiba has just
announced plans to get into the game.
With just under
75% of the US market, and upwards of 70% of the world market, PALM is the
undisputed leader in the market it created.
Getting back to
the question " PDA, Personal Digital Assistant. Did it exist before PALM?" The answer is NO.
PALM truly created the market. In
fact the abundance of add-ons and the assortment of software, added to the
usability and capabilities of the units, truly make them Digital Assistants.
I realize that is
a big statement. After all, there
is a big step between something that holds information, and an assistant.
That being said, let me say with the state of development that the PALM
is at, they indeed are a "Personal Digital Assistant".
At Comdex I was able to use one that had the location of every vendor in
it. Along with floor plans and maps
of the venues. This saved me from
using the usual file folder with all the paper information in it.
Instead of pulling out the paper, and looking through it, all I had to do
was have my "assistant" show it to me.
When you add all the add-ons I saw at CES, boy, do you have a system.
With this in mind
BizNet not only salutes PALM for truly creating, inventing, and domineering the
Personal Digital Assistant market, we bestow upon them the Editors Choice Award.
So check out the
PALM of today
BizNet OnLine Magazine is proud to
bestow upon PALM the Editor's Choice Award for truly creating,
inventing, and domineering the Personal Digital Assistant market.
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