The benefactor of Palm's reliance on its past success was Microsoft. Microsoft never gained 90% share - it is doubtful anyone will in any mobile market again - but they did come to dominate the PDA market and began to flip that into the mobile phone market. Suffice it to say, Microsoft borrowed the keys to Palm's excavation equipment as Apple took an all new approach to mobile phones.
Ballmer has said before that its mobile plans and gone awry but was getting back on track with Windows Phone 7. The recent Kin debacle doesn't inspire confidence. Many, including yours truly, has wondered whether the Kin story would repeat itself with Windows Phone as the main character. The truth is, I think Microsoft has more resolve with Windows Phone than it needed to have with the Kin.
Its partners though have to be through with apologies. It's go time.
[via The Register]