Pre to postmortem: the inside story of the death of Palm and webOS

by Kasper Tidemann

Do you remember the Palm Pre? The game of cards UI metaphor? Those were interesting concepts indeed, but where did it all go? Chris Ziegler has written an excellent article about the brief rise and fall of Palm and its webOS. Here is a quote from the article:

The ten-strong Luna team went into full-on stealth mode, taking over a conference room inside Palm’s Sunnyvale offices and papering over the windows. It was, for all practical purposes, its own startup inside Palm. “That’s the way you do it inside a big company. You have to protect the engineers,” a team member told us. Mike Abbott, who’d just been hired by Ruby from Microsoft to take over software duties from CTO Mitch Allen, ran interference with the rest of the company so the “startup” could stay focused. Sunrise to sunset, they hashed out the details of what exactly it would take to make a phone based entirely on web standards. Personalities clashed, arguments ensued. It was an emotional time — everyone involved was united in their desire to get away from Prima, and they wanted to get it right. Considering the schedule, they had one shot, and there wasn’t a spare second to be wasted.

Go check out the rest of the “Pre to postmortem: the inside story of the death of Palm and webOS” article at The Verge – it’s a great read.