Quick Facts on the Evolution of Palm: From Palm Pilot PDA to HP Acquisition

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    Jessica Davis

    | Posted 2010-05-12
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Founded in 1992 as Palm Computing, and acquired in 1995 by U.S. Robotics Corp., Palm released its first handheld product, the Palm Pilot in 1996. Silicon Valley was abuzz about the handheld device, like the Apple's failed Newton, but with handwriting recognition software called Graffiti that actually worked.
Originally known as Palm Computing, the company that created the Palm Pilot and succeeded at handheld computing and handwriting recognition after Apple failed with its Newton, has gone through many hands over the years. From U.S. Robotics to 3Com to being spun off in an IPO to being in HP's acquisition sights. Here's a look at the quick facts and milestones around Palm's evolution.
 
 
Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and Forbes.com. She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at jessica.davis@ziffdavisenterprise.com
 
 
 

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