Microsoft to provide content for Handspring users


Microsoft to provide content for Handspring users

Handspring and Palm may be battling hard against Microsoft's PocketPCs in the PDA market, but that has not stopped Handspring from selecting Microsoft Network (MSN) to provide content for its Visor Web browser, writes Eric Doyle.

MSN Mobile will provide the content for the default home page on Handspring's Blazer Web browser, allowing access to the MSN Moneycentral personal finance service, Expedia travel, MSNBC news and weather information.
Blazer will run on handheld devices with Palm OS 3.1 or higher. The Handspring can be connected to the Internet through an add-on based on a conventional modem attachment or wirelessly through products such as Intel's Xircom Springport cable connection modules for mobile phones.
Microsoft has also announced that it will be exploring the possibility of future collaboration for smart devices based on its .net platform. However, Handspring has stated categorically that it is not planning to switch from Palm OS to the Windows CE operating system.

In a similar deal, the Google search engine will be embedded in Blazer to deliver search results in the correct screen format.

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