SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct 16, 2007 -- Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq:PALM) today announced that in support of the release of Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, Palm® Treo(TM) smartphones running Windows Mobile are ready to take advantage of Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile 2007.(1) This free client to the Office Communications Server 2007 software adds industrial-strength instant messaging and the ability to quickly locate and check the status of others on the network, giving mobile professionals even better means to communicate quickly with colleagues.
The Office Communicator Mobile 2007 client is designed to extend the reach of Office Communications Server 2007 using Windows Mobile Treo smartphones, including the Treo 700wx and Treo 750 in North America and Europe as well as the Treo 750v and Treo 500v in Europe and other parts of the world. Office Communicator Mobile 2007 has a look and feel similar to the desktop version of Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 and helps ensure that access to the capabilities provided by Office Communications Server 2007 can continue when people are away from their desks.
"We're committed to supporting Microsoft's infrastructure products via our Windows Mobile-powered Treo smartphones," said Joe Fabris, director of wireless solutions for Palm, Inc. "Our relationship with Microsoft allows us to provide mobile enterprise solutions that serve as long-term investments."
"Palm is playing a significant role in the development of products that bring added value to mobile enterprise communications," said Moz Hussain, director, product management, Unified Communications Group, at Microsoft Corp. "Palm believes in Microsoft's vision for unified communications, and enabling people to find and collaborate with colleagues right from the Microsoft applications they already know and use."
Palm is known for making products that are intuitive and easy to use, and the added touch screen on the Treo smartphone makes things such as looking up directions on Live Search Maps on Live Search for Windows Mobile, cutting and pasting in Word documents and searching the web an enjoyable experience. With the benefits of a high-speed network, mobile workers also can have fast access to vital information for more bandwidth-heavy web-based applications.
Palm's Unique Approach to Windows Mobile
Palm offers its hallmark ease-of-use experience on a multifunction mobile phone with powerful business features, including Microsoft Direct Push Technology for email, organization software, enhanced security and web access on the go.(2) Palm has made several enhancements to Treo smartphones running on Windows Mobile, which makes using it much easier and more efficient.
These include the following:
o A messaging application with the highly requested threaded chat view for text and MMS messages;
o Today Screen enhancements, which feature the ability to "dial by name" with a few keystrokes on the keyboard, perform a web search directly from the Today Screen and perform one-touch dialing with personalized photo speed dials;
o Ability to manage a call directly from the Today Screen and stay on top of voicemail with on-screen, VCR-like icons, such as rewind, delete and fast-forward controls for easy navigation; and
o Capability to ignore a call and quickly send a text message such as "In a meeting" or "Can't talk right now" by selecting the "Ignore with text" option from the incoming call screen.
Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile 2007, the mobile version of Office Communicator 2007, is available today as a free(3) download at www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=2eea3e24- f216-4887-92b0-f37d942e26e0&DisplayLang=en (Due to its length, this URL may need to be copied/pasted into your Internet browser's address field. Remove the extra space if one exists.)
About Palm, Inc.
Palm, Inc., a leader in mobile computing, strives to put the power of computing in people's hands so they can access and share their most important information from anywhere. The company's products for consumers, mobile professionals and businesses include Palm® Treo(TM) smartphones and Palm handheld computers, as well as software, services and accessories.
Palm products are sold through select Internet, retail, reseller and wireless operator channels throughout the world, and at Palm Retail Stores and Palm online stores (http://www.palm.com/store).
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(1) Requires Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 and Client Access Licenses (CALs).
(2) Requires Exchange Server 2003 with Service Pack 2 or Exchange Server 2007 and access enabled by IT administrator. Within wireless service coverage areas only. Availability and coverage depends upon carrier and the geographic scope of international roaming agreements. Email, messaging and web access requires data services from a mobile service provider at an additional cost.
(3) Internet connection charges may apply.
SOURCE: Palm, Inc.
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