Palm Desktop Beta for Windows Vista Released
Palm has finally released a beta version of the Palm Desktop software for Windows Vista users.
Bearing Microsoft's "Works With Windows Vista" certification branding, Palm Desktop v6.2 is essentially just a Vista-compliant version of the previous version of Palm Desktop for Windows.
Aside from the "Works with Windows Vista" compatibility guarantee, this new version 6.2 beta comes with:
- Palm Desktop 6.2 and HotSync Manager 7
- Install Tool to sync .prc and .pdb files. Do note that Palm's Quick Install tool is NOT present in this beta release.
- Outlook 2007 synchronization for Calendar, Contacts, Tasks and Notes.
- Windows Vista compatible: Has earned Microsoft's "Works with Windows Vista" designation.
Aside from the handy Quick Install feature, this version also omits tethered VersaMail synchronization. With the rise in popularity of Treos with wireless conectivity, most users nowadays download VersaMail e-mails directly to their devices and bypass desktop VersaMail synchronization entirely.
As expected, Palm has guaranteed only a small handful of Garnet OS devices to run under this new 6.2 version of the Palm Desktop. Palm's handful of remaining PDA models (Z22, E2, TX) are on the compatibile device list, along with the Treo 650, 680, 700p, and 755p.
Most alarming in the list of unsupported devices is the LifeDrive Mobile Manager. The LifeDrive was released in May 2005 (after the release dates of the Treo 650 and the Tungsten E2 which are supported) and the Tungsten T5, released alongside the Treo 650 in October 2004.
The new Palm Desktop supports USB or serial port synchronizations. It is not recommended for use under alternate Windows versions such as XP or 2000. No indication if compatibility is guaranteed between Windows Server 2003 which has much of the same underlying codebase as Vista.
Palm makes no mention of Vista 64-bit compliance with this beta version. Palm also does not mention if subsequent beta revisions are expected or if this will ever be a fully supported, shipping version of Palm Desktop in future Garnet-based devices.
The download is a fairly hefty 59.2mb ZIP file and can be downloaded from Palm Support.
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