Handspring and MSN Pair Up
Under an agreement reached with Microsoft, the latest version of Handspring's Blazer Web browser will have default homepage from MSN, the Web portal owned by the software giant.
Allen Bush, a spokesperson for Handspring, said this doesn't indicate any kind of shift in his company's plans to licence Microsoft's Pocket PC OS. According to Mr. Bush, they simply wanted a site that made a good homepage. "For us the most important thing was just having a great content partner,'' he said.
A mobile QuickStart page, powered by MSN Mobile, provides users with access to news, stock quotes, driving directions, weather, and more.
Bob Visse, group product manager for MSN, said "This all fits within that broader context of taking today what is primarily a PC type of relationship and building that out so we can work on various different levels."
This is possibly part of Microsoft laying the groundwork for its .NET initiative. This will involve removing many Microsoft applications from users PCs and handhelds and instead have them served by an Application Service Provider (ASP), either over a company's internal network or over the Internet. Microsoft CEO and President Steve Ballmer has said in the past, "No offense to the Pocket PC, but we might need to bring .Net services to Palm and other devices." He emphasized that .NET "might" be ported to the Palm OS.
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