Comments on: PalmSource Completes Acquisition of China MobileSoft

PalmSource today announced the completion of its acquisition of China MobileSoft (CMS). CMS is a leading Chinese mobile phone software company with business operations headquartered with its wholly owned subsidiary, MobileSoft Technology (Nanjing), in China.
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Microsoft is next!

LiveFaith @ 2/3/2005 1:15:23 PM # Q
Watch out Microsoft is next!


Pat Horne;

RE: Microsoft is next!
RhinoSteve @ 2/3/2005 1:59:53 PM # Q
Naw, Microsoft doesn't have much emphasis on PocketPC. About the only thing keeping it alive is Microsoft not wanting to loose face.

Anyone that is "good" inside Microsoft avoids the Handheld group like the plague. The amount of iPods and Palms on the Redmond campus is a dead giveaway of this.

RE: Microsoft is next!
TwinTurbo @ 2/3/2005 5:25:48 PM # Q
Sure. MS is not taking mobility seriously. That's why they are developing new mobile enhancements for Exchange and integrating mobile application features into Longhorn. All of which are designed to take advantage of Windows CE based devices. But nobody in Redmond cares since they all use ipods and Palms and linux powered Segway scooters. Sure...ok....

Trust me MS is all over mobility, especially the Smartphone space. It's definitely not the red headed stepchild division over there.

RE: Microsoft is next!
LiveFaith @ 2/3/2005 6:04:25 PM # Q
I'm not talking about the WinMob group ... I'm talking about the whole thing!!!

Pat Horne;
RE: Microsoft is next!
RhinoSteve @ 2/3/2005 9:11:23 PM # Q
Well they are stumbling all over it. Frankly, I don't see much happening since there is so much infighting withing Microsoft on how to do it. Expect a big cluster f**k that will politically win internally inside Microsoft but not do well in the market place.
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Step Two complete

mikecane @ 2/3/2005 3:05:35 PM # Q
Now where's Step One? -- a device running Cobalt?

RE: Step Two complete
MikeInDM @ 2/3/2005 4:11:01 PM # Q
You would have to ask PalmOne that. :)
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Good news!

temp_user @ 2/3/2005 3:53:24 PM # Q

So, now we have a modified Linux kernel, encouraging!

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Now in the mix...

twrock @ 2/3/2005 9:43:42 PM # Q
"...John Ostrem, founder, chairman and CTO of China MobileSoft, joins PalmSource as lead scientist."

I thought this was the most interesting sentence in the article. "Lead scientist"--I wonder what that really means in the day-to-day working of PSrc. Apparently this man does know how to work in China, and that bodes well for PSrc. But, will the current leadership really listen and learn (or will they just look at this as one other source for $ to make them personally rich while the whole thing comes crashing down around them; cynical, aren't I)? Enquiring minds want to know.

Anyone have any background info on Ostrem? This may be the one of the most important people working for PSrc right now. I'm interested in seeing how this shakes out.

RE: Now in the mix...
voice of chaos @ 2/4/2005 12:05:09 PM # Q
Looks like he's a former SRI researcher who spun off his research in handwriting recognition into CIC, whose software is the basis of Grafitti 2. Explains how China MobileSoft got onto PalmSource's radar screen.

Very interesting...

RE: Now in the mix...
temp_user @ 2/5/2005 2:25:07 PM # Q
Very interesting indeed if you say so! I think Palmsource need to make the right moves right now.

If this guy is so smart, he should perhaps invent new things for us!

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Palm world is another world...

amike @ 2/4/2005 2:58:50 AM # Q
Usually, china firms buy the world .... (lenovo, etc...).
No ! PalmSource was to react to save US honor ... and they bought ... linux :)))

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