Microsoft Makes a New Friend...

It is all over the news that Microsoft has a new friend. It was announced that Palm will be releasing a version of their Treo device that will run the Microsoft Windows Mobile operating system instead of the Palm OS. The Treo 700 is expected in early 2006.

It seems that once again Microsoft has managed to make a friend out of a company that had been a key competitor.

Remember when Java was the leading development platform?

That was just before Microsoft and Sun became friends. Now .NET is pegged as the leading platform being used by enterprises. It will be interesting to see if the new friendship with Palm and the release of the new Treo in early 2006 will be the beginning of Microsoft advancing in the enterprise PDA space as well.

Time will tell.

In the meantime, the announcement is still blazing hot, fresh from the presses and yet there are already follow-up announcements by other companies. For instance, CommonTime announced today that it is committed to porting Lotus Notes functionality to the new Palm Treo that will run Microsoft. Windows Mobile.. CommonTime has an mSuite solution that delivers wireless pushed Lotus Notes email and PIM, mobile Lotus Instant Messaging, device management, AES end-to-end encryption, on-device security, remote kill functionality and more.

Info-Tech Research ( announced today that "a Windows-based smartphone marks the beginning of the end of the Palm OS platform."

Carmi Levy, Senior Research Analyst at Info-Tech Research Group, stated "When viewed in conjunction with the sale of PalmSource earlier this month, it's an acceleration in the demise of the Palm OS platform and final confirmation that its once-dominant position in the broader handheld market is gone for good."

With Palm being allowed to customize some of the Windows Mobile features and with Microsoft getting attached to a slick device, the odds are in favor of this becoming a very popular device. With the ability to easily connect with Outlook and get email as well as operating as a standard PDA and phone, this device is destined to be the choice of enterprise users.

For more on the Treo Smartphone 700, you can check out the Microsoft press release at:,1x2f,1,l905,g20x,jorm,i5r0

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