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Palm dumps its mobile operating system

Antony Savvas

Palm has officially dumped its established Palm OS operating system, once the leading mobile device OS.

Instead, the company will concentrate on developing its recently unveiled Palm webOS, built to power the new Pre smartphone, said Palm CEO Ed Colligan at an investor conference in San Francisco.

WebOS is being pushed by Palm as an easier mobile OS for developers to build applications on.

The current Palm Centro smartphone will be the last to use the Palm OS said Colligan. "We will transition to webOS as our core OS, in addition to supporting Microsoft Windows products in the enterprise segment of the market," he said.

Colligan dismissed speculation that Apple might file a lawsuit against Palm claiming the Pre's mult-touch interface infringes on Apple iPhone patents. He said Palm had its own patents to cover the technology.


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