Pocket Informant on iPhone to be poorer than on WM

The premier PIM replacement for Windows Mobile, is in the process of making its way to the iPhone. Unfortunately this is not going to be as easy a journey as Apple would like to pretend. Alex Kac, CEO of WebIS, has put up a blog post describing some of the difficulties.

He notes than on the iPhone platform 3rd party developers have no access to synchronized PIM information at all, meaning they had to write the sync engine and surrounding software themselves. He also notes that the SDK still does not seem to have solidified, and whenever it changes they lose weeks having to reconfigure their software.

The result of these difficulties is that PocketInformant for the iPhone wont be coming out any time soon, and when it comes out it wont have feature parity with the more mature Windows Mobile offering. In fact, it may be as much as two years before PocketInformant for the iPhone is feature-complete.

This tale is likely to be repeated for many software packages porting over to the iPhone, and explains why Windows Mobile is still mobile developer’s favourite platform.

Read the full post here.

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