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Week of September 21, 2008

Treo Pro by Palm, Now Available, Offers True End-to-end Enterprise Solution

Enterprise Support Programs – Including a Two-year Limited Warranty – Available for Unlocked Treo Pro

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sept. 26, 2008 – Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq: PALM) today announced that the unlocked Treo(TM) Pro smartphone is now available in the United States. With its unmatched blend of Palm's ease-of-use innovations, Windows Mobile 6.1, and enterprise support in a sleek new design, Treo Pro is a world phone built end-to-end for the global enterprise. It allows businesses to simplify their IT infrastructures while lowering costs and keeping their users productive and happy.

Treo Pro balances simplicity and productivity -- including email, Wi-Fi, GPS, web and UMTS/HSDPA network capabilities(1) -- to meet the needs of businesses and end users alike. Its thin design blends a flush, high-resolution color touch screen, one-touch buttons and a full QWERTY keyboard. The removable battery packs up to five hours of talk time and enough strength for the business user's needs, offering a powerful yet effortless mobile experience.

Treo Pro is unlocked, giving end users the flexibility to simply insert their existing active SIM card and immediately start using their Treo Pro anywhere there is GSM coverage, without a new contract.(2) Worldwide travelers using the Treo Pro can cut costs on international roaming charges by popping in a local country SIM card wherever they go.(3)

Because Treo Pro runs Windows Mobile 6.1, it is compatible with System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008, which Microsoft launched earlier this year. Adding value to mobile enterprise solutions, Mobile Device Manager allows IT professionals to manage Windows Mobile phones similarly to how they manage PCs and laptops.

"More than 33 million Converged Mobile Devices [CMDs] will ship in the U.S. in 2012, representing a growth of 37 percent, and we expect Windows Mobile device shipments to grow by nearly 48 percent in the U.S.,” said Sean Ryan, Research Analyst, with the Mobile Enterprise practice at IDC. "Businesses want tools that enable their mobile workers to be highly responsive to customers and make better decisions. Rapid innovation around capabilities, connectivity, and performance is making converged devices increasingly attractive to enterprises looking to give their mobile workers an edge.”

Treo Pro Support and Service

An enterprise product deserves enterprise-caliber support. Total cost of ownership is critical to Palm's business customers, and IT hardware cycles often exceed typical 12-month consumer warranties. Palm therefore is offering a 24-month limited warranty for qualifying business customers who deploy Treo Pro within their organizations. Should their smartphone require repair, customers can feel confident that they are protected from unforeseen costs and that Palm-authorized technicians will repair it or replace it with genuine Palm parts. The 24-month limited warranty lets companies extend the life of their investment, lowering the total cost of ownership and removing the burden from IT in the second year.

There are also a variety of support programs available for business customers, designed to be scalable to customers' needs and budgets. Palm's support services help businesses plan, deploy and support their mobile workforces, whether that means simply augmenting current capabilities with specialized support services or completely outsourcing the management of mobile solutions.

"For Treo Pro, we're approaching support with our heaviest users in mind,” said John Moses, vice president of Customer Relations at Palm, Inc. "These international business customers often have the highest expectations and need assistance on important setup tasks, like safely migrating valuable calendar and contact data, configuring multiple email accounts and installing productivity software. We're here to ensure that their first moments with Treo Pro and their overall support experience exemplify Palm ease of use.”

More information about Palm enterprise support is available at http://www.palm.com/enterprisesupport.

Pricing and Availability

Treo Pro is now available for a suggested retail price of $549 through the Palm online store (http://www.palm.com/store). Treo Pro, along with partner-provided services and support, also is available from Palm's extensive reseller network of Internet, retail and corporate resellers, including CDW, Dell, PC Connection, PC Mall and Enterprise Mobile.

The Treo Pro smartphone comes with a power charger, microUSB cable and a stereo headset (3.5mm). Other accessories designed exclusively for Treo Pro (sold separately) include a vehicle power charger, leather side case, travel microUSB cable, cradle, extra battery, TTY audio adapter, and replacement styli.

More information about the Treo Pro smartphone is available at www.palm.com/TreoPro.

Treo Pro Supporting Customer Quotes

Ohio State University Medical Center:
"Offering Treo Pro as an unlocked device is a very good business move on Palm's part,” said Wasif Malik, senior systems consultant, Student Educational Services & Mobile Solutions, Ohio State University Medical Center. "A phone is a personal statement, and people want the flexibility to use it where they want without contract requirements and pricey roaming charges. Selling unlocked phones has been a very popular business model in Europe and globally this has been the trend.”

Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream:
"Palm did a really nice job getting Treo Pro to the right size,” said Mike Corby, director of Business Excellence, Sales and Distribution at Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream. "It's significantly thinner, yet the keyboard is still easy to use. The design is very intuitive, so there's no steep learning curve, and the screen brightness is the best I've seen -- especially outside. People who see me using it keep asking me about it -- they love the look of it.”  (Source: Press Release)

Posted Saturday, September 27 2008 by ChrisD
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Add2Exchange Helps Windows Mobile Smartphone, Pocket PC, Blackberry, Iphone 3g Users Stay In Sync With Their Corporate Exchange Public Folders.

DidItBetter.com Software, a Microsoft Certified Gold Partner specializing in Microsoft Outlook and Exchange solutions for mobile device users, announces Add2Exchange Enterprise Sync Suite v5.9. Awarded first runner up in the 2008 Readers’ Choice Awards for Exchange Mobility & Wireless category, Add2Exchange offers Windows Mobile smartphone, pocket pc, and BlackBerry users a way to access and sync Exchange public folders– Outlook calendars, contacts and/or tasks – at the office and on the go.

Microsoft Exchange public folders allow organizations to share contacts, group calendars and tasks at the office, and Add2Exchange extends this to enable 8-way synchronization to Windows Mobile smartphones, pocket pcs, BlackBerry, Palm Treo, iphone 3g, PDAs for wirelessly sync with these public folders. Add2Exchange does not replace the traditional wireless-sync solution, however, adds functionality by creating information relationships among co-workers in order to share the information and better collaborate.  Once in place, the user’s information is available anytime, anywhere on any device.  No other wireless sync solution offers the features or the flexibility of the “information architectures” of Add2Exchange.

Add2Exchange saves users time. For example, Managers can make an item in a public folder and Add2Exchange copies and syncs it to each user’s private mailbox without acceptances and it is automatically kept completely in sync.  Changes to the copied item can be synced back or not, depending on the rules of the Add2Exchange relationship. 
Add2Exchange Administrators can create Private to Public relationships so the team can have a centralized view of the entire organization or department.
With an Add2Exchange relationship, management and administrative assistants utilize private to private relationships so they all have the same information and can update it from anywhere.  Everyone is finally “all on the same page”.

Add2Exchange complements the existing sync solutions of Intellisync, Windows Mobile, ActiveSync and the Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES) by enhancing the existing functionality of these “smartphones”.  Add2Exchange extends the reach to information sources beyond only the personal mailboxes, a current limitation of other sync solutions.  Calendar, contact and task information from other users and public folders are synchronized automatically to the devices.  Add2Exchange synchronizes public folders to the private mailboxes, so the BES can wirelessly synchronize a consolidated view of both folders to the mobile device.  This enables users to access valuable information more efficiently. 

Installed only on an Exchange Server or a utility server, Add2Exchange does not require any software changes on the device or the individual workstation. Once installed, the solution works transparently behind the scenes.  No end user training is needed --the users simply create and edit items as they normally would in Outlook and replication occurs based on the rules of the relationship.  If a user does not want something to replicate, the user should mark the item "Private" and set the relationship not to copy private items.

Add2Exchange Enterprise Sync Suite includes three modules: Add2Exchange for Calendars, Add2Exchange for Contacts, and Add2Exchange for Tasks. Add2Exchange is licensed per relationship for each folder type (Calendars, Contacts, Tasks) per installed server and Exchange organizational unit. Each Add2Exchange license includes 6 months of free software maintenance for updates and email support. Extended software maintenance options are available.  To give Add2Exchange a 21-day test drive, visit www.diditbetter.com to download a fully functional trial version.  Additional solution information, features, screen shots, and pricing are also available at www.diditbetter.com, email [email protected] or by calling (800) 837-8636 or (813) 977-5739.  (Source: Press Release)

Posted Saturday, September 27 2008 by ChrisD
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Fitaly: New skins and expander improvements

We are pleased to announce that Fitaly can now be downloaded with the following new Tomoë skins:

You will be happy to see that the colors come up as brilliant on the pda as you see them here.

The expander can now be switched on/off by checking/unchecking the "Suggest after" checkbox in the Options -> Expander tab.

Also, new macros were added under Specials -> option key in order to be able to switch the expander on or off with just a slide:

  • expansion toggle on/off toggles the current state of the expander
  • expansion on explicitly switches the expander on
  • expansion off explicitly switches the expander off

    The Fitaly Editor now has a command bar on its opening page with two menus,
    one for slide files, one for glossaries.

    These menus enable you to:

  • create a new slide file or glossary
  • load a slide file or a glossary
  • save the current slide file or glossary under a new filename  (Source: Press Release)

  • Posted Wednesday, September 24 2008 by ChrisD
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    Spb Online: The Spb Approach to Online Services

    St. Petersburg, September 23rd, 2008 — Spb Software, the world's leading maker of Windows Mobile software releases Spb Online to end-users. Spb Online is a set of attractive online services that share a practical user interface and make superior quality mobile entertainment available on handsets at a single fixed-price fee (no subscription). The services offered include Mobile TV, Online Radio, News, Weather, Online Games, and On-device Catalog — all subject to automatic updates and powered by Spb's exclusive interface engine and patent-pending TV technology.

    Spb Online is robust and easy to use even for novice smartphone users. All of Spb Online services support adaptive skins, smart scrolling, 3D transition effects, and one hand navigation.


    Unlike any other solution on the market, Spb's mobile TV facilitates channel hopping, offers on-screen controls, intelligent video/audio stream tuning to account for broadband fluctuations, doing it all to deliver a genuine TV watching experience — on the go:


    Spb's radio offers a wealthy selection of the world's streaming radio stations, allowing users to tune into a news or music source of their choice in virtually any language or location of the planet:

    Online Games

    Spb's online games let real people play each other in real-time. All games take only a click to start and require no setting up or much of getting used to:


    For any city from a database of 10'000, Spb's weather service attractively displays FORECA's five-day forecasts (provider used by msn.com) in one screen. The service allows scrolling between the screens of up to 10 selected cities with a finger swipe:

    On-Device Catalog

    Spb's on-device catalog makes it easy to discover and buy additional content directly from the mobile phone. Selected titles are downloaded, installed, and activated automatically:

    Pricing and Availability

    Spb Online is compatible with Windows Mobile 5 and later Professional and Standard devices. qVGA, VGA, Square QVGA, and WVGA screen resolutions are supported. To enjoy the TV service a fast connection is needed. All other services are accessible with lower bandwidth; TV however, requires a reliable 3G, WiMax or WiFi network. For checking your connection and services compatibility, a free, 15-day trial version is available. Full Spb Online may be purchased for 29.95 USD at www.spbsoftwarehouse.com.

    Further Information and Downloads

    Further information regarding Spb Online can be found at the Spb website:
    Spb Online web page (Pocket PC)
    Spb Online web page (Smartphones)

    Spb Online screenshots page (Pocket PC)
    Spb Online screenshots page (Smartphones)

    Spb Online evaluation copy downloading page (Pocket PC)
    Spb Online evaluation copy downloading page (Smartphones)
    (Source: Press Release)

    Posted Wednesday, September 24 2008 by ChrisD
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    Windows Mobile phone review: E-TEN Glofiish V900 with VGA display and TV

    The V900 is E-TEN's flagship GSM unlocked Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional phone for 2008. It boasts a VGA display that's flush mounted and finger-friendly. It comes with Spb Mobile Shell 2.1 pre-installed for an even touchier experience, and it's loaded with a 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera, US 3G HSDPA, WiFi, Bluetooth, an FM radio and a SiRF Star III GPS. The Glofiish runs on a 533MHz processor with 128 megs of RAM and 256 megs of flash ROM for good performance and it has an integrated digital TV tuner. The catch? The TV tuner doesn't work in the US.  (Source: Lisa Gade, MobileTechReview.com)
    Posted Wednesday, September 24 2008 by ChrisD
    Rating: 3 Comments ()

    Windows Mobile 7 release delayed

    "Although Microsoft has not publicly said when to expect Windows Mobile 7, partners who had expected to have a final release in their hands by early next year have been told now that it won't be ready until the second half of next year, sources told CNET News."

    "Microsoft is not expected to have a major update to its core operating system ahead of Windows Mobile 7. However, other improvements are expected to debut sooner, most notably an improved browser that brings the rendering engine of Internet Explorer 6 onto Windows Mobile. That update, still expected this year, should pave the way for Windows Mobile phones to display rich Web pages, including those that are home to Flash content and Ajax applications."  (Source: Ian Fried, CNet)

    Posted Tuesday, September 23 2008 by ChrisD
    Rating: 3.17 Comments ()

    Samsung Omnia SGH-i900

    Samsung is already wooing potential Apple iPhone customers with the Instinct, a successful design that offers Sprint subscribers a reasonable alternative to AT&T's popular handset, even if the Instinct isn't a true smartphone. Now the company is aiming for the high-end market with its unlocked Omnia i900, a full-featured smart device that in theory combines Windows Mobile power with generous hardware specs and a finger-friendly touch-screen interface. In practice, however, it's a clumsy mess, even if it has a number of redeeming qualities.  (Source: Jamie Lendino, PC Magazine)
    Posted Monday, September 22 2008 by ChrisD
    Rating: 2.95 Comments ()

    Microsoft drops hints about new unified communications offerings

    On the cell-phone side of the house, Microsoft is working on a set of Communications Server services for Windows Mobile phones. These services are codenamed “Rouge,” according to my tipsters.  (Source: Mary Jo Foley, ZDNet)

    Posted Monday, September 22 2008 by ChrisD
    Rating: 2.94 Comments ()

    Windows Mobile 6.1 great for some, a headache for others

    According to Blackjack II owners on our forums, the update is easy to apply and adds some great new features. However, one forum user who updated an HTC Mogul has reported serious problems. In his case, at least, the Mobile 6.1 update led to applications being closed without warning and a broken HTC Home application. HTC owners should beware of potential issues with the Windows Mobile 6.1 update but, to be fair, "Your mileage may vary" is a disclaimer that applies to virtually any major product update. Even the most rigorously tested product can't anticipate every single configuration in the real world.    (Source: Shane McGlaun , ars technica)
    Posted Monday, September 22 2008 by ChrisD
    Rating: 3 Comments ()

    Posts tagged: "asus p565"

    We didn't catch this tidbit from sister site CNET Taiwan till now, but hey, better late than never. At a Microsoft Windows Mobile (WM) 6.1 event held in Taiwan, an ASUS P565 device was showcased. This handheld is not unlike the P552w announced earlier this month and has a 2.8-inch display, 128MB RAM, 3.5G and Wi-Fi connectivity. What makes it different is the use of an 800MHz Marvell processor, a first on any WM PDA-phone.   (Source: John Chan, CNet Asia)
    Posted Monday, September 22 2008 by ChrisD
    Rating: 3.11 Comments ()

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