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PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2006 11:00 pm    Post subject: Future of Palm Devices and the Palm OS Reply with quote

Palm has just submitted their annual report to the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission).

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2006 11:01 pm    Post subject: The Rest of the Story Reply with quote

Palm also knows what the risks are to their business. They listed everything from "litigation brought against us" to "changes in consumer and enterprise spending levels" as factors that might negatively affect Palm. They even included, Wars, terrorist attacks or other threats beyond our control could negatively impact consumer confidence, which could harm our operating results. It almost seems to be the "fine print" of investing in the future of Palm.

Anyway, there was some interesting information which includes Palm's dependence on PalmSource. Palm states, Our product strategy is substantially dependent on the Palm OS, which is owned by PalmSource, a former subsidiary of Palm that was acquired by Access Co., Ltd. More specifically, We are presently in negotiations with PalmSource to expand our development and distribution rights to the current version of the Palm OS. If we are unable to successfully conclude these negotiations, it may adversely affect our ability to develop and distribute new products based on a nextgeneration version of the Palm OS. Regardless, we will continue to release new products based on the current version of the Palm OS.

While other sites have already mentioned the excerpt above, Palm lists other things to be equally considered, such as, In the past year, we introduced our first smartphone based on a version of Microsoft’s Windows Mobile OS on which we had licensed a right to customize and differentiate our users’ experience. We cannot assure you that we will be able to maintain this unique relationship with Microsoft, that Microsoft will not grant similar rights to our competitors or that we will be able to sufficiently differentiate our smartphones from the multitude of other devices based on the Windows Mobile OS.

While these things might make us a little uneasy, all businesses have risks. For Palm and other companies, they happen to all be listed in their annual report to the SEC. Thus, there is a negative overtone of the document especially when reading the Risk Factors.

However, it appears that Palm has some rough waters ahead as they discuss future plans of the Palm OS with PalmSource, which was acquired by Access Co., Ltd.

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