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Sunday, September 24, 2006


Palm for sale

The blogosphere have a reiteration of speculation that has been happening for years that someone (insert favorite supplier here) is going to buy Palm. This time the rumor is about Motorola following on from its Symbol acquisition to purchase Palm. Whilst this could be highly desirable for Palm's shareholders, one does have to look at the motivations of the potential buyers (usually Motorola or Apple are cited):

If you want to know who is most likely to buy Palm, look East.

UPDATE (26/9/2006)

I have just read the transcript from Palm's latest financial analyst briefing and it didn't fill me with confidence. From what I could see, Access are disengaging from the OS business, Palm moving rapidly to becoming a Windows only shop with little differentiation. The company is milking loyal Palm customers as a cash-cow but not offering them much in return. This is like Apple circa 1997, but without the happy ending.

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