The market for personal information devices, small tools that use handwriting recognition for storing phone numbers, appointments, and similar data, is expected to reach 6 million units this year. 3Com will try to try to extend its lead with a new PalmPilot next week, but the coming of Microsoft's Palm PC operating system (accompanied by palmtops from Philips, Casio, and others) is already causing commotion. In the meantime, Apple recently exited the market, drawing howls of protest.
Microsoft sued over Palm PC
Microsoft is being sued by Palm Computing, a maker of handheld devices, over alleged trademark violations in Europe.
PalmPilot price cuts precede new model
Psion blames woes on Microsoft
Apple scraps Newton
Newton protest planned