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Layoffs coming to Palm

Palm confirms earlier reports that the company has begun informing employees of impending job cuts. Palm is not disclosing how many employees will be affected, though rumors peg it in the hundreds.

Palm confirms earlier reports that the company has begun informing employees of impending job cuts. Palm is not disclosing how many employees will be affected, though rumors peg it in the hundreds.

Palm also announced earlier this month that quarterly revenue and gross margin would be below expectations. This comes as no surprise, because the company was unable to get new products qualified for release. In Singapore, I noted in recent months that Palm was literally giving away some of its Treo smartphones models with the number of freebies, such as free bluetooth headsets, additional batteries, memory cards, and software thrown in.

CNET News.com sums up my sentiments:

It's hard to see how fewer people will make it easier for Palm to create something new, but the company doesn't really have a choice if it wants to stay in business. It's really sad to see a company that has played such a pivotal role in the advancement of mobile computing on the brink like this.

Palm had 1,247 employees as of May 31, 2007, according to figures sited in its annual report.

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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

3 comments
cathar.gnostic
cathar.gnostic

Well I have a 700WX with Windows Mobile 5. It's buggy, a real pain in such a nice phone. I would buy Palm again if it didn't run Windows. (Mac user) The hardware is excellent.

jlwallen
jlwallen

considering Palm slacked off on updates over the last, what, five years i can see why they were hurting. had they bothered to update their OS they would have retained me. instead i bailed in favor of the iPhone. it doesn't offer the same amount of applications (yet) but the interface is FAR superior and the OS is much more reliable. palm could have been the king of the smart phone. instead they are going to find themselves slowly but surely becoming completely irrelevant.

Mycah Mason
Mycah Mason

It might be "sad" that Palm is in this situation, but they haven't done enough to keep themselves in the market. Only very recently have they released newer versions of the Treo ...and that first generation or so of Treos were very unreliable to begin with. Where are the new Treos that are smaller? thinner? better performing? etc.

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