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Palm Licenses Palm OS Back From Access

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Dec 8, 2006, 11:41 AM
1. Palm buys Handspring to get their Treo phones.
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.


Dec 8, 2006, 11:50 AM
interesting... i guess the main question is why did they sell to access in the first place just to end up buying it back...

Dec 8, 2006, 12:17 PM
i dunno, it seems like maybe access bought the software division of palm just so they could take a look at the source and use ideas and features from it - not the least of which is palm software compatibility - and integrated it into their Linux OS(which sounds awesome).

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.

Dec 8, 2006, 12:54 PM
great point... seems like pam got screwed... 😲 ... access can now produce a software like that of palm and change it up a bit and sell it to other companys... great play on access part... bad move for palm...

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