Palm Embraces WiFi

by Marc Hedlund

Related link: http://www.palminfocenter.com/view_Story.asp?ID=2627



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.