We have known internally that this was creeping up on us for quite some time, unfortunately as NEC Solutions America's (NECSAM) Press Office has been less than co-operative with us on the subject we have been unable to report it.
Rich Hawley of HPCNEC has obtained the "Smoking Gun" as is were this morning with a NECSAM document confirming that the end of the 900 and 900C MobilePro models.
The confirmation comes just weeks after NEC released the long awaited FlashROM upgrade for MobilePro 900 users who wished to migrate over to Windows CE 4.2 .net. Leaving some doubt as to why they chose to burden themselves with the support commitment at the 7th hour. Either way users have until the 31st of March 2005 to enter hardware orders before NEC cease retail trading. After the 31st the MobilePro operation will be scaled down to support contracts with stock going to warranty purposes and to independent distributors to clear.
On a more emotional level this announcement marks a very sad and emotional day for the Handheld PC community. The decision to bring the MobilePro dynasty to an end ushers in the closing moments of the technology that brought most of us together as parts of this community.
As the MobilePro slips into the annuls of technological history so too will the final generation of HVGA clamshell, and the lineage of the Microsoft Handheld PC will cease, probably forever.
What began in the closing days of 1996 has lasted with us through the rise of the PDA into the consciousness of the consumer, survived the emergence of the Pocket PC and witnessed the Microsoft finally achieving market domination. Despite the clamshells fall from grace as we ushered in the 21st century the true blooded H/PC has, since its inception by hp for the 300LX, remained the corner stone of many of our lives now for 9 years.
NEC's decision to withdraw the MobilePro is a tremendously sad one, and is a decision that will change the face of this community forever.View: Rich Hawley's ScanView: HPCNEC