HP to Offer Utility for Palm, Win CE Files

SAN MATEO (04/25/2000) - In the third quarter Hewlett-Packard Co. will deploy a version of JetSend technology that will allow for the exchange of data between the Pocket PC and the Palm PDAs (personal digital assistants).

Although most companies approve and deploy a single standard for their mobile devices -- usually either Windows CE or the Palm OS -- the ability to swap data between platforms will open the door for wider acceptance of the WinCE-based Pocket PC devices, according to Tim Scannell, a research analyst at Mobile Insights, in Quincy, Massachusetts.

Another major benefit according to one IS manager is for exchanging information at seminars and shows with executives from other companies.

"That would be an amazing thing. We use the Palm OS. But our executives go to about a half dozen shows a year plus sales seminars, and if they could exchange information with users at the show who are using the Win CE platform that would be an amazing thing," said Max Malek, IS manager at Hotel Nikko, in Beverly Hills, California, part of the Le Meridian international hotel chain.

Other benefits will include an easier transition path for new employees changing from one of the devices to the other.

Today Hewlett-Packard also announced an upgraded version of its JetSend technology to version 2.0 that will allow Pocket PC users to exchange Pocket application files between WinCE devices as well as print from a Pocket PC to any infrared-enabled HP printer.

The JetSend version 2.0 upgrade is available as a free download at www.jetsend.com. until July 17. On July 18, the company will charge $19.95 for JetSend 2.0.

In related news, Palm Computing announced that it will upgrade the wireless capabilities on all Palm devices as well as incorporate a new Arm processor in future versions for faster performance and increased functionality, including voice capabilities.

Hewlett-Packard Co., in Santa Clara, California, is at www.hp.com. Palm Computing Inc., in Santa Clara, California, is at www.palm.com.

InfoWorld Editor at Large Ephraim Schwartz is based in San Francisco.

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