Springboard Modules VS Compact Flash
Sat Nov 6, 1999 - 11:30 PM EST - By
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Software Disclaimer: As a converted former Windows CE user this opinion story might have a somewhat negative tone towards Windows CE.
Microsoft recently released a " Market Bulletin," in which they compare Springboard technology and Compact Flash.
In the bulletin Microsoft takes a shot at Handspring in several categories. First, Microsoft points out that "Applications like reference guides, dictionaries, and remote controls for audio/video equipment are installable in the system’s memory. None of these examples requires the addition of a module … Using Springboards as application distribution media is more expensive than floppy disks, according to Handspring. These costs are passed on to consumers, and reduce the revenue received by software developers. "
Am I missing something here? I thought software was installable in the system’s memory of the Visor as well. Oh yeah it is. And PalmOS programs are usually much smaller in file size than a comparable Windows CE program. Springboard technology is just another way for users to add software to their Visor.