Palm, Inc. and Research in Motion, Inc (RIM) announced today they will be working together to bring Blackberry technology to Palm Treo smartphones. As the software applications gradually converge, the companies will therefore be competing primarily on hardware.
See the press release “Palm and Research In Motion Bring BlackBerry Connect to the Treo 650 Smartphone”:
Through RIM’s BlackBerry Connect licensing program, Palm will enable its Treo 650 and future Palm OS® based Treo smartphones with secure, push-based wireless email via BlackBerry Enterprise Server™. The solution will enable the following:
- push-based email using BlackBerry Connect with Palm’s VersaMail® email client;
- support for Microsoft® Exchange and IBM Lotus® Domino™;
- wireless calendar synchronization;
- remote address lookup of corporate email directory;
- convenient email-attachment viewing;
- Triple DES encryption; and
- IT policy enforcement and commands (such as remotely disabling or wiping email and PIM data from a device in the event it is lost or stolen).
And check out all the disclaimers at the bottom of the press release.