PalmSource and RIM Introduce BlackBerry Connect for Palm OS
PalmSource to Give Sneak Preview During Keynote
May 18, 2004
Wireless Enterprise Symposium, Chicago, Ill, Booth # 402 - PalmSource, Inc. (NASDAQ: PSRC) provider of Palm OS™, a leading operating system powering next generation mobile devices and smartphones, and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM), a leading developer of wireless solutions, have completed their distribution agreement to make BlackBerry Connect™ available to Palm OS licensees. Together, BlackBerry Connect and Palm OS will extend email and corporate data connectivity to Palm Powered™ smart mobile devices, facilitating workforce productivity while away from the office. PalmSource™ President and CEO David Nagel will demonstrate the BlackBerry Connect offering for Palm OS during his keynote presentation at the Wireless Enterprise Symposium on Tuesday, May 18 at 9:00 am CDT.
The BlackBerry® Connect offering for Palm OS is the result of a joint development effort between PalmSource and RIM, announced in December 2003, to provide Palm OS licensees with access to the industry-leading, push-based, BlackBerry wireless infrastructure and to enable seamless connectivity between Palm Powered smart mobile devices and BlackBerry wireless services (including BlackBerry Enterprise Server™ and BlackBerry Web Client™), as well as global address list look-up and IT policy support. PalmSource is expected to make the Palm OS Mail Client that supports BlackBerry Connect available to Palm OS licensees in the second half of 2004, as previously announced.
"BlackBerry Connect on Palm Powered smart mobile devices will broaden the reach of our wireless platform into new markets and strengthen our presence in the Palm OS community," said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO of Research In Motion. "BlackBerry Connect on Palm Powered smart mobile devices will enable users to stay connected with email and other data applications and allow IT departments and mobile operators to leverage their existing investments in the BlackBerry wireless platform."
"BlackBerry Connect broadens the choice of wireless messaging solutions for our Palm OS licensees to create mobile products that better meet the demands of today's mobile professionals," said David Nagel, president and CEO of PalmSource. "We believe BlackBerry Connect and Palm OS fulfills enterprise customer demand for a push-based, end-to-end secure access to corporate data and email, while maintaining flexibility, uncompromised power and ease of use, and software compatibility that are the hallmarks of Palm OS."
"Wireless data connectivity is fundamental to the continuing growth of mobile devices and services and a strong contributor to increased ROI in the enterprise;" said Kevin Burden, program manager of IDC's Mobile Devices research service. "Combined with the thousands of Palm OS applications, BlackBerry Connect on Palm OS will strengthen the presence of Palm Powered mobile devices in the enterprise and further solidify the Palm OS platform's value to this market."
"RIM is a recognized leader in enabling secure wireless email and data connectivity to mobile devices," said H. Woo Kim, vice president of Mobile Communication Division at Samsung Electronics. "Combining BlackBerry Connect with Palm OS and Samsung's world-leading Mobile Information Terminals (MITs) strengthens our offering to enterprise customers."
BlackBerry is the industry-leading wireless platform that keeps mobile professionals connected to their important information and communications while on the go. It is an award-winning solution that can provide users with integrated wireless access to a range of business applications, including email, phone, corporate data, web, SMS and organizer applications. For larger enterprises with an IT department, BlackBerry Enterprise Server software tightly integrates with Microsoft® Exchange or IBM Lotus® Domino™ and works with existing enterprise systems to enable secure, push-based, wireless access to existing email and other corporate data. For individuals, BlackBerry Web Client provides an Internet-based email interface that allows users to access multiple corporate and/or personal email accounts without the need for server software (including Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and popular ISP email accounts) from a single BlackBerry handheld.
About Research In Motion (RIM)
Research In Motion is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. Through the development of integrated hardware, software and services that support multiple wireless network standards, RIM provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including email, phone, SMS messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications. RIM technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity to data. RIM's portfolio of award-winning products, services and embedded technologies are used by thousands of organizations around the world and include the BlackBerry® wireless platform, the RIM Wireless Handheld™ product line, software development tools, radio-modems and software/hardware licensing agreements. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. RIM is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.
PalmSource, Inc. is the company behind Palm OS, a leading operating system powering mobile information devices. Approximately 33 million Palm Powered handhelds and smartphones have been sold to date worldwide. Industry leaders Aceeca, AlphaSmart, Fossil, Founder Technology, Garmin, GSL, HuneTec, Kyocera, Lenovo, palmOne, PerComm, Samsung, Sony, Symbol Technologies and Tapwave license Palm OS to create diverse mobile devices that meet unique customer needs. Palm OS has given rise to a large community of users, enterprises, developers and manufacturers, who together make up the Palm Powered Economy. More information about PalmSource is available at http://www.palmsource.com, http://www.palmsource.co.uk, http://www.palmsource.fr, http://www.palmsource.de and http://www.palmsource.com.cn. Palm, Palm OS, PalmSource are trademarks of Palm Trademark Holding Company, LLC.
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions that, if they never materialize or prove incorrect, could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements related to the availability of the Blackberry Connect offering for Palm OS and Palm OS Mail Client supporting BlackBerry Connect; the features, functions and benefits of the Blackberry Connect offering for Palm OS and Palm OS Mail Client; the importance and benefits of wireless data connectivity; and new markets for Palm Powered smart mobile devices. The risks and uncertainties that could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, the ability of the Blackberry Connect offering for Palm OS or Palm OS Mail Client to provide the anticipated features, functions and benefits, including but not by way of limitation, its ability to: strengthen the presence of Palm Powered mobile devices in the enterprise; provide end-to-end secure access to corporate data and email; allow IT departments and mobile operators to leverage their existing investments in their BlackBerry platform; maintain flexibility, uncompromised power and ease of use and software compatibility; and provide Palm OS licensees with an wireless infrastructure that will enable seamless connectivity between Palm Powered smart mobile devices and the BlackBerry wireless services; the occurrence of errors or defects in the Blackberry Connect offering for Palm OS or in Palm OS Mail Client or delays in its availability; the ability of PalmSource and RIM to successfully distribute the Blackberry Connect offering for Palm OS or in Palm OS Mail Client and to leverage the flexibility of the Palm OS platform; the ability of PalmSource and its licensees to strengthen their positions in the enterprise and to penetrate new markets; the ability of Palm OS licensees to create mobile devices, in a timely fashion that meet mobile operator and RIM certification standards and end-user demands; the ability of PalmSource to maintain and grow its developer community and to compete with existing and new competitors; the realization of continued growth in mobile devices and services as a result of wireless data connectivity; the ability of RIM to utilize the BlackBerry connectivity for Palm OS to successfully enter new markets and strengthen its position in the Palm Powered Economy; the general economic conditions in the U.S. and abroad and other risks and uncertainties contained in our public announcements, reports to stockholders and other documents filed with and furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended August 29, 2003, November 28, 2003 and February 27, 2004. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to us as of the date hereof, and we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
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