If you had to ask me which of the major smartphone manufacturers is headed for trouble in 2008 I wouldn't think twice: Palm.
The once brilliant handset maker has failed to keep up with its competitors in recent years and while designs are ok, the main drawback has been the painstakingly slow development of its software. Never more obvious was this than by Palm's latest announcement: Vista and Office 2007 sync compatible software.
Yes, a compatibility offered by most rival handset manufacturers before the retail versions of Vista and Office even hit shelves has only now come to Palm user - one full year after their release. 'Palm Desktop by ACCESS 6.2 for Windows' and 'HotSync Manager 7.0' were made available over the weekend and finally bring Office 2007, Vista Basic, Home Premium, Business and Ultimate into the mix but 64bit Vista users are still left in the cold along with 64bit XP.
Sadly Palm steadfastly refuses save itself too. Google's launch of Android would give Palm the perfect platform to forget its troubled software and focus instead on its undoubted hardware expertise, but time after time the company has said it won't hop aboard. A standpoint made even more ridiculous by HTC which - despite having a progressive and thriving Windows Mobile product line - dived onto Android from day one.
Oh well, good luck Palm... you're gonna need it.