Palm dumps MS Windows Mobile and prepares for growth with WebOS

Palm has confirmed that its next generation of mobile devices will be based exclusively on its own operating system, Palm WebOS.

Palm has confirmed that its next generation of mobile devices will be based exclusively on its own operating system, Palm WebOS.

In February, Palm officially dumped its first-generation Palm OS operating system for Palm WebOS, but said it would continue to support Microsoft Windows products.

But in a conference call about its 2010 financial year first quarter results released yesterday, Palm said it would include only Palm WebOS-based devices in future development.

The exclusive focus on WebOS-based devices is a key part of Palm's strategy for growth.

"We are launching more great Palm WebOS products with more carriers and turning our sights toward growth," said Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein in a statement.

Included in these products is the new Palm Pre, which the company said helped boost its first quarter financial results after it was launched in North America.

Palm Pre's roll-out in other parts of the world before the end of the year, including the UK, is expected to boost Palm's second quarter results.

Palm's first quarter results showed bigger losses than the same period the year before, but higher than expected sales helped beat Wall Street forecasts.

Palm lost $164.5m in the three months to 28 August, compared with a $41.9m loss the year before.

Adjusted for one-time costs, Palm said it had losses of just $13.6m on revenues of $360m, a loss of $0.10 a share, beating analyst predictions of losses up to $0.24 a share.

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