Palm and Microsoft have joined forces to launch the first ever Palm phone/PDA device running Windows.
The new Windows-based Treo 700 combination device would be available to US users early next year, said Palm, which normally relies on its own operating system to run its handhelds.
The new device is aimed at companies with mobile workers more used to the Windows operating system, and will make it easier for them to get their e-mail and Windows-based files from corporate servers while on the move.
Palm will have the opportunity to boost Treo sales to a new audience and Microsoft will extend the reach of its remote collaboration server solutions, as it increases competition against dominant rivals such as Research in Motion, whose BlackBerry device/server solution has captured the largest chunk of the market.
No details of a European roll-out for the new Palm/Microsoft solution have been confirmed.