Dell Computer and Good Technology are to develop handheld devices that incorporate wireless data access technologies.
The companies said that they are to incorporate Good's wireless e-mail software to Dell's handhelds and servers.
Dell will offer GoodLink bundled with its PowerEdge servers immediately. GoodLink allows handheld users to wirelessly synchronise their devices with corporate e-mail and documents without having to place the device in a cradle connected to a PC.
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It is similar to a technology developed by Research In Motion, which makes and sells the popular BlackBerry device. The BlackBerry can send and receive e-mail wirelessly, but requires a physical connection to a PC to update some data or erase e-mail from an inbox.
As handheld devices and mobile networks became increasingly sophisticated, Good realised it could benefit from partnering with a major hardware supplier, allowing it to focus on developing its GoodLink software and helping to make wireless e-mail a mainstream technology, said Danny Shader, chief executive officer of Good Technology.
The companies do not have a release date for the introduction of GoodLink on Dell's Axim handhelds or future devices.