Got an email from a friend:
Aint much love for the UMPC they are saying … interesting perception:http://www.microsoft-watch.com/article2/0,1995,1978818,00.asp?kc=MWRSS02129TX1K0000535
Which prompted this reply from another friend:
All I’ll add is what Analysts and Journalist almost never add (because it doesn’t make for compelling reading) is “yet”
Remember the slating Microsoft Word got compared to the “de facto” standard of WordPerfect 5.1
Remember the slating Microsoft NT 3.1 got compared to the “networking dominance” of Novell
Remember the slating Microsoft Exchange 4 got compared to the “workflow dominance” of NotesAnd far more recently…
Remember the slating that Microsoft Windows CE got compared to the “functional dominance” of PalmAnd Smartphone compared to Symbian & RIM.
This is a version 1 product, and there is no competitor in the same space. (Yet :o) unlike any other enabling technology we’ve come out with.
So, read the analysts and journalists, even pay for their opinion, but don’t let it unduly influence your strategic insight, which should appreciate tenacity and persistence.
While I won't disclose the names of the parties, I will say this: UMPC has provoked many threads around the world of which this is only one!