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Palm Makes TechXNY Enterprise Splash

NEW YORK -- Handheld computer maker Palm hogged the spotlight at the TechXNY/PC Expo show Wednesday, announcing a major enterprise-focused push that includes a deal to create a standard Java interface to run on the Palm OS platform.

The company's PalmSource OS subsidiary has inked a deal with Insignia Solutions to push Java capabilities for Palm developers and customers in the consumer, wireless and enterprise markets.

PalmSource also announced a pact with ACCESS Systems America to build a proxyless browser to the new Palm OS 5 platform, a product offering full-featured security for business clients.

A separate deal with SafeNet to make an evaluation version of SoftRemotePDA's Virtual Private Network (VPN) client for Palm OS available to licensees rounded out the slew of morning announcements from the Santa Clara, Calif.-based firm.

Immediately after the announcements, PalmSource CEO David Nagel delivered a keynote here, touting the enterprise push as another sign of the company's commitment to innovation and growth in the corporate arena.

"These are all part of the expansion of the new OS 5 platform. We're adding tools and functionality and broad support for Web and wireless standards," Nagel raved.

Palm, which competes with Research in Motion , Handspring and Microsoft for market share in the handheld space, said the B2B software push was aimed squarely at IT managers that deploy Palm-powered products within corporations.

It said the Insignia deal would integrate the J2ME standard with the PDA Profile (JSR-75) set of Java APIs, promoted by PalmSource. It's all aimed at providing Java capabilities for developers and customers in the consumer, wireless and enterprise markets.

Palm said it would also partner with ACCESS Systems to push core technology the NetFront browser for use in the new proxyless Palm OS 5 Web browser and will work with PalmSource on future versions.

The company's recently-shipped Os 5 platform is fitted with a Web browser that provides secure transactions via SSL and supports Internet standards that include the latest W3C specifications, HTML 4.01 and XHTML 1.0, dynamic HTML, and ECMA Script (JavaScript).

The Palm announcements, which comes a day after rival RIM made an enterprise splash of its own, includes a deal to launch an evaluation version of SafeNet's SoftRemotePDA that allows a licensee to develop and test VPN functionality and interoperability by tunneling back to a SafeNet server.

Separately, Palm has promoted Todd Bradley to serve as CEO of its Palm Solutions Group, part of its makeover that splits the company into two separate subsidiaries.

Bradley was bumped up from the President/COO slot and Palm said he would also take a seat on its board of directors.