SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 27, 2006--
From Pilot Connected Organizer to Treo Smartphone,
Company Remains Dedicated to Mobile Computing
Ten years ago, Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq:PALM) captured the imagination
of road warriors everywhere with the first Pilot connected organizer,
a mighty 5.7-ounce combination of calendar, contacts, to-do lists and
notes. Today, having shipped more than 34 million mobile-computing
products, the company continues to improve the lives of people and
businesses the world over, staying true to one guiding vision: The
future of personal computing is mobile computing.
The original Pilot organizer, which sold for $299, owed its
success largely to two breakthrough features: Its ability to
synchronize easily with a computer and its unprecedented ease of use
-- something often called the Palm experience. As time went on, Palm
stayed true to its design philosophy while continuing to innovate,
adding numerous new functions such as email and wireless and
multimedia capabilities, from images to music. Today's top-of-the-line
product is the Treo(TM) smartphone, which combines the best of a
handheld computer with a great phone and email experience on some of
the world's largest carrier networks.(1)
Over the past decade, Palm(R) products have collected data in
space, survived a Mount Everest climb, closed million-dollar deals,
entertained young and old, and won the hearts of customers around the
globe. From doctors and real estate agents to students, celebrities
and CEOs, people have grown to rely on Palm products in work and play.
Multimedia components -- including audio, photos, and a Palm
timeline -- are available at www.palm.com/anniversary. The audio
component includes reflections from Palm's founders, industry
analysts, and long-time Palm employees.
"The first Pilot organizer was such a runaway success, even we
were a bit surprised," said Ed Colligan, Palm president and chief
executive officer. "But in one of my first conversations with Jeff
Hawkins he convinced me that the future of personal computing -- REAL
personal computing -- was going to be in these highly mobile devices.
That's why he designed the Pilot. And that vision still holds today.
The Pilot and its many Palm successors have become an extension of
millions of people's lives -- keeping them connected to their work and
home, letting them do email and browse the web on the go, allowing
them to keep all their favorite files, music, photos and videos with
them. I'm enormously proud of what we've accomplished, and I'm even
more excited about what's yet to come."
Loyal Customers and Developers
Palm has many important constituencies to thank for its success,
- Customers, who have bought more than 34 million Palm devices
over the years, including 3 million smartphones. Among these
are individual consumers who stay organized and in touch with
important information. For many of them, the Palm V handheld
-- with sleek style as well as productivity capabilities --
was the first Palm product to charm gadget fans and
trendsetters, marking a tipping point for mainstream market
adoption. Other customers hail from business and service
settings, such as doctors who use decision-support software to
improve patient care at the point of care, at the patient's
- Developers, who support Palm products with innovative consumer
and enterprise software applications that today number more
than 29,000 for the Palm OS(R) platform alone, plus hardware
peripherals such as keyboards, GPS devices and barcode
readers. When Palm expanded its platform choices for
smartphones to include the Windows Mobile(R) platform, its
developer community grew again.
- Retail partners, distributors and resellers, who have sold
Palm handheld computers and Treo smartphones the world over.
Palm still works with many of the original retailers it began
working with in 1996, including Circuit City, CompUSA, J&R,
Fry's and Staples. Palm also has a 10-year history with
distributors Ingram and Tech Data, as well as resellers, such
as CDW, PC Connection and PC Mall.
- Carrier partners, representing the largest mobile operators
and distributors around the world.
- Employees, who have worked passionately to deliver on the
company's vision that the future of personal computing is
All of these constituencies have inspired the company and helped
it determine its product roadmap.
Today, while Palm continues to offer a wide range of
mobile-computing products, from simple and inviting $99 organizers to
powerful mobile computers with wireless capabilities, it is focusing
its investment in smartphones. These powerful phones let customers
check email, access personal information such as contacts and
calendar, listen to music and take and share photos, plus, with
additional software, watch live television, listen to podcasts or post
to personal blogs.
Palm also has attracted a growing number of enterprise users. More
than 8,000 organizations have standardized on the Treo smartphone
using GoodLink(TM) from Good Technology for email. Currently, 40
percent of the Fortune 1000 companies use Treo smartphones, and an
additional 35 percent are in testing or trials. Frost & Sullivan
recently found that mobile professionals are choosing Treo smartphones
over competitive offerings for its abundant business-ready
applications, high degree of flexibility, choice of operating systems,
and power and convenience.
- Palm's early leaders remain involved in the company's success.
Jeff Hawkins helps guide Palm's product roadmap. Donna
Dubinsky is a board member. Colligan, now president and chief
executive officer, was employee No. 20.
- Palm sold 1 million Pilot organizers in the product's first 18
months -- an adoption rate faster than the IBM PC, Macintosh
and even the microwave oven.
- The original Pilot was the first mobile device that worked as
a companion to a PC, so customers could synchronize their
information and take it with them.
- The first Pilot was built on a processor similar to those used
by standard traffic lights and was powered by two AAA
batteries (which lasted three months).
- Palm products have touched people's lives, appearing in
Broadway shows, major Hollywood movies, reality TV, New Yorker
cartoons, and on the red carpet.
- Palm broke new ground, creating many industry product firsts
-- including the industry's first integrated wireless handheld
to provide email and Internet access, and the first color
handheld under $99.
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. The company's products for consumers, mobile
professionals and businesses include Palm(R) Treo(TM) smartphones,
Palm handheld computers, and Palm LifeDrive(TM) mobile managers, 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).
More information about Palm, Inc. is available at
(1) Within wireless service coverage area 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
Palm, Palm OS, LifeDrive and Treo, are among the trademarks or
registered trademarks owned by or licensed to Palm, Inc. All other
brand and product names are or may be trademarks of, and are used to
identify products or services of, their respective owners.
CONTACT: Palm, Inc.
Marlene Somsak, 408-617-7451
A&R Partners for Palm, Inc.
Erin Freeley, 650-762-2863
SOURCE: Palm, Inc.