01/19/2009, 10:31 PM
Maybe this has been discussed, and if so I missed it and apologize... But I actually think the lack of backwards compatibility is a GOOD thing.
Windows is a great example.... when I think how bloated it's become and all the hardware and software configurations it has to support, I can't help but think that starting from scratch without having to worry about legacy apps is the only way to move forward with a radical design.
Granted many of us will have to live without our favorite apps for a while, but isn't it the nature of the beast to constantly upgrade software anyway? In this case, I think what makes it "painful" is that it's forced on us, the upgrade to a newer or even different application isn't by choice. But that's what being radical requires... accepting a whole new concept. Each new concept has to have it's first step and this is it.
So for the consumer, if this radical approach isn't for you then wait for Palms next WebOS product or get the Treo Pro with Win6, or do nothing, or get a different product, or... there's a lot of choices for us
Big risks have big rewards, little risks have little rewards.