PalmSource and Orange collaborate to accelerate availability of Palm OS solutions

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Leading mobile operator joins Palm Powered Mobile World

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PalmSource, provider of Palm OS – a leading operating system powering next generation mobile devices and smartphones – and Orange, one of the world’s largest mobile communications companies, today announced that Orange has joined the Palm Powered Mobile World program to broaden the selection of Palm OS applications and extend the reach of Palm Powered smartphones.

The strong global presence of the Orange Group in the mobile market together with the leadership of the Palm OS platform will enable the development of innovative Palm OS solutions that take advantage of the advanced features of Palm Powered smartphones, such as the industry-leading palmOne Treo 600. Today’s announcement demonstrates PalmSource’s growing commitment to partner with leading operators to accelerate the deployment of Palm Powered smartphones into the growing mobile data services market.

As a charter mobile operator partner in the Palm Powered Mobile World program, Orange will collaborate with PalmSource in several areas including:

* Leveraging the extensive Palm OS developer community for the development and deployment of innovative Palm OS solutions optimized for the Orange network

* Joint-marketing efforts to identify key Palm OS applications based on Orange’s target markets and support the distribution of these solutions to Orange customers

* Aligning the Palm OS platform with Orange’s roadmap and service offerings to bring cutting-edge Palm Powered smartphones to market.

"We are pleased to welcome Orange as a charter member of the Palm Powered Mobile World program," said David Nagel, president and CEO of PalmSource. "We look forward to our collaboration with Orange, an industry innovator, to bring user-friendly smartphones and services to our joint customers."

"With the launch of the highly successful Orange Treo 600, we have strengthened our leadership in the innovation of smartphones," said Richard Hanscott, Vice President of Business Development and Partnerships for the Orange Group. "We look forward to leveraging PalmSource's strength in key market segments to enhance our smartphones with the widest offerings of Palm OS applications that meet the needs of our customers."

Palm OS provides a flexible and efficient platform that enables hardware manufacturers and software developers to rapidly and efficiently create a wide range of powerful, innovative and easy-to-use smart mobile devices and software applications. Approximately 30 million Palm Powered handhelds and smartphones have been sold to date and Palm OS has attracted a large and loyal following with approximately 275,000 developers building applications for Palm Powered smart mobile devices.