Palm, Inc., a mobile-computing provider and software pioneer Microsoft Corp. have announced an alliance to accelerate the smartphone market segment with a new device for mobile professionals and businesses. Palm has licensed the Microsoft Windows Mobile operating system for an expanded line of Treo smartphones, the first of which will be available on Verizon Wireless' national wireless broadband network.
Treo smartphones combine the Palm experience of a full-featured mobile phone with email, messaging, web access and organizational software in a compact design. The new Treo smartphone will offer Outlook Mobile, Office Mobile, and Internet Explorer Mobile built into the smartphone, as well as direct access to Exchange Server 2003 for mobile access to information. In addition, the new Treo will operate with Verizon Wireless' Broadband Access service, a high-speed wireless broadband network in the United States. Full product details will be disclosed when the product is available for purchase in early calendar 2006.
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