Palm CEO Shares Vision in PalmSource 2000 Keynote

Palm CEO Carl Yankowski today laid out his vision for the company and announced several important new technology plans and relationships during his keynote address at PalmSource 2000.

Palm's Vision
Palm's near-term vision includes providing a world-class Personal Information Manager (PIM) both on the device and available via the Web. Also, in 2001, Palm will extend its existing e-mail solutions to include message notification, instant messaging, and seamless access to Exchange e-mail. Palm is adding voice -- first via telephony, then incorporating voice as data into the Palm OS. Palm OS 4.0, which Palm shared with developers today, is architected to enable rich Palm OS-based telephony. In the area of security, Palm intends that its handhelds be used as passkeys and to perform services associated with a wallet. Possible uses include repositories for a driver's license, passport, and credit cards. Palm OS 4.0 includes security enhancements designed to help protect users' data. As industry infrastructure matures, Palm handhelds will be used as electronic wallets, conducting secure transactions -- payments, corporate transactions, offline banking and customized "me-commerce." Mr. Yankowski promised more security-related announcements soon.

A range of new wireless modems and integrated wireless handhelds are coming for the Palm platform. In 2001, Palm devices will be able to access most of the world's major wireless networks, including CDPD, CDMA, GSM, GPRS, PDC, and Mobitex.

Samsung has licensed the Palm platform. They are developing a new Palm OS-based smartphone for release in the first half of 2001. With the addition of Samsung, the Palm OS is now supported by several major producers of mobile phones, including Nokia, Motorola, and Kyocera.

They have created something called the Palm Economy Association, which will debut later in the year. Independently elected officers will lead it, and two-way feedback will be facilitated on technical and OS issues. A marketing committee will leverage the power of the platform.

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