April Fools: Microsoft To Acquire Palm

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In case you didn’t see the big news on Friday, Microsoft and Palm have agreed to merge. It was thought that Motorola was going to acquire Palm, but apparently Microsoft outbid Motorola to the tune of $4.1 billion.

Steve Ballmer said that Palm would be producing the Windows Mobile Treo as well as Windows Mobile versions of the LifeDrive, Tungsten, TX and even the low-cost Z series. Imagine a Windows Mobile device for under $100!

Ballmer also stated that Palm would no longer be producing any Palm OS devices after the acquisition is finalized.

The two big questions I have are how Microsoft’s 41 Windows Mobile licensees will take this news and what will happen to ACCESS (who bought PalmSource) now that their biggest licensee will be gone.

Is this good news or bad news? Share your thoughts in the discussion.

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