Palm users get Internet access and Web portal

Palm's stand at Comdex showcased an Internet connection kit and a new Web portal service that will allow instant on-the-move...

Palm's stand at Comdex showcased an Internet connection kit and a new Web portal service that will allow instant on-the-move scheduling for users of its handheld devices, writes Antony Adshead

The Internet Kit, launched in the US in June, will be available worldwide by the end of November. It will allow Palm users to connect either wirelessly or via a cable to a mobile phone to gain Web access.

Once connected to the Internet, the MyPalm portal offers wireless calendar access, allowing Web-based scheduling and links to personal e-mail accounts.

The portal software sits on top of the Palm operating system and can update itself whenever it senses that a new version has been released. It will also offer location-based services in Events mode.

Plans for MyPalm in the near future include the integration of services such as maps and directions within the user's datebook, connection to corporate e-mail with "new mail" notification, instant messaging and dynamic updating of calendar changes.

The portal is optimised for the Palm VIIx, which is currently only available in the US, but will allow most features to be accessed by the m100, Palm III and Palm V using the Internet Kit.

The MyPalm portal will be available as a free gift in the UK from 25 December.

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