Be part of Palm

Palm has secured the rights to Be’s technology and intellectual property, as well as cherry picking its top engineers, through its $11 million purchase of the company.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  August 17, 2001

Palm has secured the rights to Be’s technology and intellectual property, as well as cherry picking its top engineers, through its $11 million purchase of the company. The takeover is set to strengthen the operating system side of Palm’s business as it looks to move to a broader market.

"The technology and people from Be are highly regarded," said Carl Yankowski, Palm CEO. "We look forward to them joining forces with our own outstanding engineers on future versions of the Palm OS. This move will help us expand the PalmOS platform into broader markets using their multimedia media and Internet expertise."

Be CEO, Jean-Louis Gassee, joins Palm as part of the deal, where he will assist Palm in integrating Be’s technology, as well as providing ‘strategic advice’ on the anticipated separation of the Palm Platform business from the Solutions Group.

"The Be team moving to Palm is enthusiastic about collaborating on so many subjects of mutual strength and devotion - superior operating system software, attention to end users and the high value our people place on our developer community," said Gassee.

"Be's focus on developers is a strong complement to our commitment to work with the more than 165,000 Palm OS developers to help make them successful in the Palm Economy," added Yankowski.

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