So wrong that I have to comment. As an Apple user since 1982, Apple DID provide backwards compatability when they made their tectonic shift to OS X. They built the "Classic" environment so that owners of software could continue Mac software use and stay with Mac without having to upgrade all at once. When I had Mac OS 9.2 on my Powerbook 1400 (or g3, can't remember) I was able to move up to OS X without having to buy complete new copies of MS Office X. I was able to wait a couple years. I don't know if the Mac OS Classic qualifies as emulator or built-in feature of OS X 10.0, but it enabled Mac OS 9.2 users to move smoothly to 10.0 (OS X) right away.
Originally Posted by Minsc
Now look what Palm has done. If they want my business, I'd have to get a Pre. I use probably a dozen medical software apps. Now I'm screwed. Pre has no backwards compatability, so I can't move to it and keep all the medical stuff at my fingertips. That's a game-breaker since I must have the medical software at my fingertips (that's why I'm a Palm OS user). Pre will not have all the software I need at launch, and in fact I'll be surprised if it has much at all for a long time to come. Can I stay with my Treo 680 and Tungsten E2's for a year or two waiting and hoping the Pre webOS medical software apps are written? No, probably not, because why would any current software maker keep their Garnet app offerings current when Garnet has just been killed by Palm?
Furthermore, they just killed the inexpensive PDA platform, too. Buying a cellphone + 2 year contract is expensive. Buying a Tungsten E2 is relatively cheap. This spring, like last spring, I'll be looking to buy 10 devices and set them up with medical software for our new class of resident physician trainees. What do I buy them? Last year I bought 10 Tungsten E2's. For the price of 10 Tungsten E2's and 10 memory cards, I could buy probably not even 1 iPhone with the damned required contract.
All Palm had to do to keep my business and that of my organization was make Garnet software usable on webOS. Wouldn't matter if built in to webOS or if a software add-on. Either way, it could have bridged a continued faithful relationship. Now, don't see how this physician's use of Palm can continue.