The company needs to keep its developers happy, because as Alex Slawsby, a mobile devices analyst with the research firm IDC put it, "the folks writing applications for the Palm are critical to the future of the company."
Palm sees developers as crucial not only to its overall health, but also to its ability to hang onto the enterprise market.
Contrary to what many may think, Palm does appear to be the market leader in the enterprise. But the enterprise is still a market where PDAs have come in the door in employee pockets, not in packed crates with attached corporate order forms. In general, IT departments are not making large purchases of PDAs.
As businesses take on a bigger role in the procurement of handhelds, Palm may find itself facing a much tougher marketplace as it is forced to compete head to head with Microsoft, which has become almost synonymous with enterprise IT.
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