Palm Embraces WiFi

by Marc Hedlund

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PalmInfocenter reports that Palm is offering discounts on Xircom wireless LAN modules for the more recent Palm handhelds. Good move Palm!

In "Extending the Life Line of the Palm OS," I argued that the Palm VII approach to wireless access was all wrong, and that WiFi offered a much better solution for corporate customers. I'm glad to see Palm taking a step in this direction.

It's interesting that this comes on the same day that Palm announces a move away from its consumer wireless services. I am very interested to see how the Handspring Treo works in this regard -- they certainly seem to be taking a better approach to consumer wireless -- while I think Palm's making the right move for corporate wireless. Perhaps the two companies will speciate into corporate-facing and consumer-facing product companies.