Palm has laid off more than 100 people, or about 10% of its workforce, as well as reassigned some of its employees in an on-going internal reorganization that it hopes will help revive the company. Palm brought in a former Apple employee, Jon Rubinstein, to help resurrect the smartphone maker's lineup of devices. He had a hand in crafting the final stages of the recently released Centro, and is concentrating the company's efforts on finalizing its next-generation operating system so it can launch fully realized new devices in late 2008 or early 2009. Palm has struggled recently to retain a hold of the smartphone market. Its share stands at just 4%, while competitors such as RIM and Nokia have grabbed 9% and 46%, respectively.
Most of Palms problems are self-inflicted by incompetent management. Unfortunately, the management will remain until they receive a "golden parachute" to leave. In the mean time, it is the valuable employees of Palm that will loose their jobs.
I agree, this company self destructed, either by selling off their OS, or separating the company in two. And thats only the start. They've been promising a new OS for about two years now, which will be Linux based, now they say another year.
Biggest problem with the Treo line as far as my stores are concerned is the exhorbant price. Full retail on the Treos runs about $600, while other comparable PDAs/smartphones average $100-200 cheaper, and have the same featureset.
Our Blackberry sales have soared, and now make up at least 2/3 of our PDA sales.
Wasn't PALM going to get bought by Nokia or Motorola? Too bad they didn't take them up on that offer, because I am sure they would not want them now. We deal with some PALM folks at my work, and they are SO difficult to work with/for, it is not surp... (continues)