The Omnigo and WinCE - My experiences over the past 4 years

John Justin (john@jjustin.com)
Wed, 16 Apr 1997 09:20:45 -0700

To all:

What I've learned from my efforts in the handheld software development
market is that connectivity to the desktop is an important perception to
everyone, whether they need it or not, whether it has any value to them
or not. What's even more disconcerting is that users want to be able to
run the same app on their desktop as is running on their handheld, again
whether they need it or not, or whether it has any value to them or not!
Even though I've designed my program to be completely self contained
with the totally computer illiterate user in mind, including formatted
printing to an 8 1/2 X 11 page (which none of the Omnigos internal apps
can do!), most users consider their desktop to be their *real* computer.

In my marketing efforts, I've found that those that don't own desktops
are so afraid of technology that they won't even consider purchasing a
handheld computer for a vertical market app, no matter how easy it is to
use, no matter how much value that the app can offer them, and no matter
how inexpensive the unit is! The extent and intensity of this computer
illiteracy and distrust of technology, in general, is a lot more
pervasive in this country than I ever had imagined! Hopefully, this will
change sooner or later.

As such and unfortunately, I would expect Microsoft's WinCE based
machines to dominate the market for years to come. Developing apps for
other handheld OS platforms is risky business and a squandering of one's
resources at best.

Regards,
John

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