PalmSource has been bought up by Japanese software maker Access, which is best known for developing a mobile browser.
Although this is good news for users of Palm OS devices, the question remains what Access plans to do with the company, and why it felt it should spend $324.3m on the vendor.
Palm OS has an installed based of about 40 million devices, but its future versions of the operating system that Access is really after.
PalmSource is working on a new version of its software that is based on the Linux open source operating system. This should solve the firm's largest problem: a lack of developers who make applications that run on Palm OS devices.
Especially the promise of mobile phones running Linux should appeal to Access, the envisions a world in which applications are streamed over a wireless network to the phone's screen. Owning the operating system is one way to make sure that is your browser I guess.
Former PalmSource CEO David Nagel, last May at the PalmSource Developer Conference in San Jose. The day before he had stept down unexpetedly.
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