Palm Eyes Better Wireless, Enterprise Integration

Execs at the maker of famed handheld Palm are hoping their latest Palm OS upgrades and expanded dev tools will jumpstart a new wave of enterprise development projects for wireless and integrated web services. See where Palm execs hope that better thin client support, and improved tools for Java, .NET and legacy devs, may give Palm devs a winning hand.

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Execs at the maker of famed handheld Palm are hoping their latest Palm OS upgrades and expanded dev tools launched at their PalmSource developers' conference will jumpstart a new wave of enterprise development projects for wireless and integrated web services.

Palm OS Cobalt (formerly known as Palm OS 6) sports key improvements for extended enterprise apps and wireless integration, including multitasking/multithreading; support for larger memory and protection; and extensible communications framework, native industry-standard security; and bundled support for open web services protocols.

Palm CEO David Nagel said of the improvements: "We believe Palm OS Cobalt will pave the way for new categories of smart mobile devices and solutions, for the communications, enterprise, education and entertainment markets. We have also reinforced our commitment to optimize our platform for wireless devices, by including wireless capabilities in both Palm OS Cobalt and Palm OS Garnet, designed to enable a wide range of smartphones and other wireless products."

Not6ably, to further encourage enterprise devs, Palm OS Cobalt also improves interoperability and compatibility with Microsoft Windows.

Both new Palm OSes build on Palm's earlier native support for basic web services, including support for SOAP, WSDL, XML and HTTP. :

New software tools were also introduced for both Palm OS Cobalt and Palm OS Garnet (formerly Palm OS 5). As a result, Palm devs can build apps in a variety of legacy and new languages, including C, C+, .NET Java and COBOL. Borland, AppForge and MetroWerks will also support the new Palm OS Cobalt. More details on Palm OS tools is available in Palm's .

Other Palm OS Support, Tools Unveiled
Several other Palm partners released software during the PalmSource event. Here is a short list of notable items for enterprise and/or wireless devs. (An exhaustive list of new product intros for Palm is available from Ryan Kairer's
Palm Infocenter.

  • Plug2Net does Bluetooth and USB Networking
    Corsoft announced the latest version of Plug2Net software. The new version enables users to connect their Palm Powered device to the Internet via USB and Bluetooth. Plug2Net provides supplemental access to the Internet regardless of cellular service, enabling users to access their critical data via multiple connectivity options on their devices: USB, serial, infrared or Bluetooth. Plug2Net is available for US$34.95, or it can be purchased with the infrared adapter for $99.95.

  • Splash ID v3
    SplashData announced a major upgrade to its best-selling personal identification organizer, SplashID. SplashData's development team focused its efforts on personalization, simplification and enhanced security. SplashID 3.0 for Palm OS and Windows will be available in February for $29.95. Current users can upgrade for $9.95. Mac OS Desktop software will be available in March.

  • MailWave for the Treo 600
    MailWave is a new email client specifically optimized for the Treo 600 and other smartphones. MailWave uses standard protocols such as POP3 and IMAP4 to access the users' messages and easily integrated into most existing corporate or ISP based email systems. I has a number of optimizations for the Treo 600, 128-bit OTA encryption, filters, attachment forwarding and can be deployed behind a firewall.





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