Palm Nears Release of Link to Notes

PALM DESERT, CALIF. (06/23/2000) - Palm Inc. officials said last week that they still plan to target handheld computers and related applications at enterprise users, as announced last fall. Some 80 percent of the 7 million devices in circulation are used in the workplace.

Applications on the Way

Two-thirds of the 78,000 application developers registered with Palm are building enterprise applications, Chuck Yort, vice president of marketing at the Santa Clara, California-based company said during a speech at Computerworld's Premier 100 conference.

One Palm customer, City Utilities of Springfield in Missouri, has ordered 30 Palm IIIxe devices for a pilot project in which upper-level business managers will use the handhelds to access e-mail and calendar applications. Kelly Laurie, the information technology director at City Utilities, said.

Laurie said he has had only two complaints thus far: The devices are so popular he can't get his order filled quickly enough, and Palm is still working on software that's supposed to give handheld users a direct link to Lotus Notes e-mail servers via a cable attachment.

Yort said the direct conduit to Notes is scheduled to become available in three months.

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