Good Technology teams up with PalmSource

Palm subsidiary PalmSource and Good Technology have formed a partnership to create a wireless synchronisation system for makers...

Palm subsidiary PalmSource and Good Technology have formed a partnership to create a wireless synchronisation system for makers of wireless handheld devices.

Good Technology will give PalmOS licensees the opportunity to support software and a service for wirelessly synchronising e-mail and other data from a corporate server with a Palm device. The service also lets users view e-mail attachments in a variety of formats, including Microsoft Office, Corel WordPerfect, PDF and RTF.

Through its partnership with PalmSource, Good Technology will port its GoodLink and GoodInfo software to PalmOS. A PalmOS version of GoodLink should be available in the first half of next year, said Andrea Cook Fleming, vice-president of marketing at Good Technology. Enterprises will be able to buy the service through Cingular Wireless.

Good Technology announced wireless synchronisation for Research in Motion BlackBerry pagers and its own G100 device, which is expected to ship soon, in May. The GoodLink technology lets users synchronise their handhelds with information in Microsoft Exchange servers. It consists of server software for an enterprise and client software for employees' handheld devices. A service over the Cingular Wireless network carries out the synchronisation. GoodInfo, not yet available, will allow users to query any Web-based application and receive responses by e-mail.

Using RIM's service and software, BlackBerry can synchronise e-mail and calendars continuously over the air but needs to be placed in a cradle for synchronisation of other information, according to Fleming.

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