Motorola said yesterday it would acquire Starfish Software, developer of software for wireless devices, in a deal estimated to be worth several hundred million dollars.
The four year old company, started by Borland's Philippe Kahn, produces software for devices that compete directly with 3Com's Palm Pilots and the multitude of Windows CE devices.
Although considered a surprising purchase for Motorola, Psion's recent Symbian joint venture with Ericsson, Nokia and Motorola itself was another example of companies looking to invest in handheld device software other than that from Microsoft. Products using software from Starfish are expected within six months.
Motorola in the past was involved with Apple's Newton hand held product. It recently announced a reorganisation that will involve cutting 15,000 jobs.
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