Palm Licenses Palm OS Back From Access
2. Palm splits up the company so that the company that makes the OS & the company that makes the phones are separate. Oh, but they're both called Palm so people can tell them apart easily.
3. Another company (Access) buys the part that makes the OS.
4. Acces promptly announces that they will no longer make the OS.
5. Palm buys a permanent license for the OS from Access, so they can modify & update the OS as needed.
However, when they finished with the code, palm obviously still wanted the software to remain in development for them to put on their devices. So I'm not sure who was the winner and who was the loser, but it seems like maybe access played palm a little bit, and got maybe money but definately some software improvements out of the deal.
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