Longtime competitors in the PDA market, Palm and Microsoft introduced a jointly developed cell phone — a Palm Treo running a modified Windows Mobile 5.0. This hybrid will debut exclusively for Verizon Wireless, the number 2 US mobile carrier.
This announcement apparently was big enough to get the bigwigs of Verizon, Microsoft, and Palm to announce this alliance. Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Palm’s Ed Colligon, and Verizon’s Denny Strigl made the announcement at a news conference in San Francisco.
What will this mean for PalmSource, the software division of Palm, that was spun off in 2003? Well the whole idea behind the initial split of the software and hardware was to create competition and it looks like it’s succeeding.