Palm CFO Andrew Brown indicated his company will switch to a Windows OS for its Treo smart phone since, arguing that Windows is more likely to woo customers who have been reluctant to buy a Palm device. Insiders say the idea that a Palm device could be built around an OS other than Palm OS points to a shift in the market where anything is possible.
Following Access' acquisition of PalmSource last week, some analysts speculated that Access may push the software maker's Linux-based OS and leave the legacy Palm OS behind. Access and PalmSource have only confirmed continued support for existing deployments of Palm OS. Access said it will finish creating PalmSource's Linux-Palm OS hybrid but gave no time frame for its completion. Two years ago PalmSource was formed when the software and hardware divisions of Palm split into two separate companies.
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