I have to admit it. I’m a closet Palm Desktop user. Long ago I was seduced by the fast load time, and the fact that it has everything I need for my daily contact, calendar and task needs. I really like the memos. I love to collect quotes that include mixed metaphors. So my memos are full of silly things that people really said. My favorite: “I’ll jump off that bridge when I get to it.”
Palm Desktop is licensed to use in conjunction with a Palm Device, so I always keep my venerable Palm Razor close by when I use my computer. Palm itself was sold years ago to ACCESS in Japan. Later, HandSpring renamed themselves Palm (to confuse everyone) and released the Palm Pre, a Palm phone that didn’t run like a Palm phone. After that miserable failure (I’m looking at you BlackBerry), the second Palm company sold themselves to HP which rightly shut them down.
Recently, HP has scrubbed the Palm taint from their web pages. However, Palm Desktop v6.2 is still available from CNET. Palm Desktop v4.1.4 is available from Softonic, albeit with some adware added to the installer. Unfortunately, HotSync drivers stopped working back with Windows Vista. So you can’t actually use Palm HotSync for anything.
I have Palm Desktop set to a hotkey, Ctrl-Shift-P for me. So i hit the hotkey, make an appointment, set the alarm, and close it. I can get all that done all before Outlook even loads. Speed and effectiveness is what I value with my PC. I care little for zoom effects, or colorful screens. CompanionLink Sync with Palm Desktop is also lighting fast. Sometimes I don’t even see the icon turn. With DejaCloud sync, my new appointment is already on my phone.
Our setup guide is here: http://www.companionlink.com/support/kb/How_To_Set_Up_Palm_Desktop_On_Windows_10
More information here: http://www.companionlink.com/palmdesktop/
May all our adventures in Contact and Calendar management be as fast and robust as the venerable Palm Desktop.